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Young [DACAmented] Americans - Texas Monthly

Dec. 2017, Michael Hall, Trevor Paulhus, Texas Monthly - "It was Halloween morning in County Court-at-Law No. 6, in downtown Austin, and Pedro, wearing a conservative dark suit, blue striped tie, and white shirt, stepped deliberately through the courtroom. He is short and boyish-looking, with a...

USCIS Updates Rejected DACA FAQ (Dec. 7, 2017)

USCIS, Dec. 7, 2017 - "Q1: Are any new DACA requests being accepted? A1: No. The DACA policy for accepting new, initial DACA requests ended on Sept. 5, 2017. Q2: Can I still submit a DACA renewal request? A2: No. The due date for DACA renewal requests was Sept. 5, 2017 for recipients whose...

Court Orders Reinstatement of DACA: Inland Empire v. Duke

Nicole Rodriguez, Newsweek, Dec. 2, 2017 - "The evening of February 12 began uneventfully for Los Angeles-area resident Jesus Alonso Arreola. The 23-year-old undocumented immigrant from Mexico began his shift as a Lyft and Uber driver and picked up a fare in San Diego. The money for the trek...

The Dream Act Could Bring the Rule of Law Back to Immigration Policy

Prof. Hiroshi Motomura, Los Angeles Times Op-Ed, Dec. 7, 2017 - "When President Trump announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September, he also punted. He left it to Congress to decide if the country would extend lawful immigration status, via the long-stalled...

Vox Exclusive: The Postal Service Kept Him From Renewing His DACA, Then ICE Arrested Him

Dara Lind, Vox, Dec. 13, 2017 - "A former DACA recipient who was waiting to reapply for deportation protections, after his initial application was rejected due to postal service delays, is currently in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Pennsylvania, Vox has exclusively learned...

USCIS Updates Rejected DACA FAQ (Dec. 27, 2017)

USCIS, Dec. 27, 2017 - " Based on information provided by USPS regarding the mailing of DACA requests, USCIS is sending letters to affected DACA requestors inviting them to resubmit their DACA request within 33 calendar days. For any such affected DACA requestor who proactively resubmitted his/her...

3 Former DHS Secretaries Urge Speed on DACA Legislation

Jan. 3, 2018 - "We write to you today as Congress considers legislation to allow certain young immigrants, known as Dreamers, who came to the country as children, to be able to continue to live, work and contribute to our country. We write not only in strong support of this legislation, but to stress...

Judge Enjoins DACA Wind-Down: Regents v. DHS

Josh Gerstein, Politico, Jan. 10, 2018 - "In a [49-page] ruling Tuesday evening, San Francisco-based U.S. District Court judge William Alsup ordered the administration to resume accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA. Alsup said...

White House Immigration Meeting: Confusion or Progress?

JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and SHERYL GAY STOLBERG, New York Times, Jan. 9, 2018 - "President Trump on Tuesday appeared open to negotiating a sweeping immigration deal that would eventually grant millions of undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship, declaring that he was willing to “take...

DACA Back On...For Now

USCIS, Jan. 13, 2018 - "Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept...

Second Federal Court Blocks Trump DACA Shutdown: Batalla Vidal v. Nielsen

Ariane de Vogue, CNN, Feb. 13, 2018 - "A second federal judge Tuesday has temporarily blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled that DACA participants...

DACA Increased Immigrants’ Education, Labor Force Participation, and Productivity, Lowered Teen Pregnancy - Study

Matthew Yglesias, Vox, Feb. 14, 2018 - "The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program changed the lives of young people who came to the United States illegally as children in incredible ways — boosting high school graduation rates and college enrollment, while slashing teen births by...

BREAKING: Supreme Court Won't Hear Trump's DACA Challenge Now

Lydia Wheeler and Rafael Bernal, The Hill, Feb. 26, 2018 - "The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the Trump administration's challenge to a lower court ruling temporarily blocking it from winding down the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The decision delivers...

Major DACA Victory: Court Enjoins Unlawful DACA Revocations, Nationwide Class Certified (IEIYC & Arreola v. Nielsen)

ACLU, Feb. 27, 2018 - "As part of its anti-immigrant agenda, the Trump administration has been revoking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals grants based on unproven allegations or minor offenses that should have no effect on whether a person can protected from deportation under DACA. This policy...

DACA is Legal; Here's Why

Immigration law scholars filed this powerful amicus brief in a pending 9th Circuit appeal, Regents of the Univ. of Cal. v. DHS.

Bond-Related Issues for DACA Recipients - CLINIC Practice Advisory (Mar. 26, 2018)

CLINIC, Mar. 26, 2018 - "The aim of this practice advisory is to provide practitioners with a resource for representing former DACA recipients in INA § 236(a) immigration bond proceedings." Copyright 2018, The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). This practice advisory...

DACA Recipient Stranded in Mexico Sues to Reunite with Husband in the U.S.

NILC, Apr. 10, 2018 - "A married couple separated by a failure of the U.S. immigration system today filed a federal lawsuit asking the court to allow them to reunite and continue their lives together at home in Los Angeles, Calif. Marco Villada, a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals...

Practice Advisory - Overcoming the Asylum One-Year Filing Deadline for DACA Recipients

Victoria Nielson, Reena Arya, CLINIC, Apr. 13, 2018 - "With the uncertain future of DACA, it is important to fully screen all DACA recipients for other potential forms of relief, including asylum. Many DACA recipients may be eligible for asylum, but almost all DACA recipients will have to overcome...

BREAKING: DACA Termination Illegal; DHS Must Accept New Applications (But Order Stayed 90 Days) - NAACP v. Trump

NAACP v. Trump - "For the reasons that follow, the Court concludes that it has both jurisdiction and statutory authority to hear plaintiffs’ APA and constitutional claims. The Court further concludes that, under the APA, DACA’s rescission was arbitrary and capricious because the Department...

Expert: Latest DACA Ruling Could Benefit 'Tens of Thousands' of Dreamers

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Apr. 25, 2018 - "In the biggest setback yet for the Trump administration in its attempt to end a program that shields some undocumented young adults from deportation, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the protections must stay in place and that the government must...

Expert: Latest DACA Ruling Brings 'No Certainty'

Tal Kopan, CNN, Apr. 25, 2018 - "DACA may have won a court victory Tuesday night, but the decision only makes the legal path forward murkier. The complexity only adds to the likelihood DACA will remain intact for many months if not longer, despite President Donald Trump's initial plan to begin...

Seven States, Led by Texas, Sue to End DACA Program

Maggie Astor, New York Times, May 1, 2018 - "Opening another front in the battle over immigration policy, Texas and six other states sued the federal government on Tuesday in an attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The lawsuit — joined by Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana...

Expert: DACA Legal Muddle May Wind Up at Supreme Court

Tal Kopan, CNN, May 1, 2018 - "The future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program got murkier Tuesday when the Texas attorney general made good on a threat to challenge it in court. The lawsuit throws a wrench in an already-complicated legal morass for the DACA program, which protects...

Expert: Texas DACA Challenge Could Trigger Supreme Court Review

Laurel Brubaker Calkins, Bloomberg, May 2, 2018 - "Texas’s legal bid to end the Obama-era policy that protects 700,000 undocumented young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, known as Dreamers, may set the stage for the Trump administration to take the issue back to the Supreme...

Expert: Texas' DACA Lawsuit 'Creates Even More Uncertainty'

Jessica Gresko, AP, May 10, 2018 - "Three judges have ordered the Trump administration to continue a program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Now, a lawsuit filed last week in Texas seeks to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program...