Last year, the Trump administration announced a March 5, 2018, deadline to end DACA. But that deadline has been rendered moot by recent federal court rulings. Students eligible for DACA renewals should continue to submit their application materials.
Here are the facts:
- Recent rulings by federal judges in San Francisco and New York blocked the Trump administration from ending the DACA program. A third federal judge in Washington, D.C., issued a ruling on April 24, 2018, that also blocked the end of the program. In addition, the ruling orders the Trump administration to resume accepting new DACA applications in 90 days. The delay gives the administration a chance to reargue its case for ending the program.
- Provisions of California’s AB 540 will not be affected by federal actions regarding DACA. Enrollment and financial aid for AB 540 students, including students who may be undocumented, will remain in place.
- The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 26 declined a request by the Trump administration to issue a quick ruling on the San Francisco federal court judge's decision to keep the program in place. At this point, the case will wind its way through the federal appeals court system.
- In the meantime, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is accepting and processing DACA renewals just as it had before the September announcement.
- The March 5 deadline was announced in September when the Trump administration said it was ending the DACA program, which protected from deportation and provided work permits for about 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children.
- For now, the immigration debate in Congress appears to be at a standstill, with all sides digging in. DACA supporters have been carrying out social media campaigns and visiting elected officials to press the White House and Congress for permanent protection.
Source: Associated Press and other news reports