July 16, 2021

DACA Ruled Unlawful by Texas Judge

On July 16th, 2021, a federal court overseen by Judge Hanen in Texas ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program is unlawful because the Department of Homeland Security did not properly follow the mandated rule-making process as proscribed in the Administrative Procedures Act. Other federal courts, however, had already determined that the […]

December 06, 2020

USCIS Reinstates DACA and Accepts New Applications

On December 6, 2020, USCIS announced reinstatement of  DACA: In compliance with an order of a United States District Court, effective December 7, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is: Accepting first-time requests for consideration of deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect […]

August 24, 2020

USCIS Issues Guidance on its Processing of DACA Requests

USCIS News Release: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today provided guidance on how it will implement Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf’s July 28 memorandum regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Under USCIS’ implementing guidance, we will reject all initial DACA requests from aliens who have never previously received DACA and […]

June 18, 2020

Supreme Court rules in favor of DACA

On Thursday, June 18 the Supreme Court ruled in DHS v. Regents of the University of California against ending DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program). About 700,000 people have status under DACA, a program that was brought about in 2012 under the former Obama administration. The program allows some undocumented immigrants, namely those […]

July 09, 2015

USCIS Instructs DACA Recipients to Immediately Return Three-Year EADs

In response to the injunction in Texas v. United States, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is requiring individuals with three-year EADs that were issued after the injunction to return their EADs to USCIS. Please note, this does not affect EADs that were issued before the injunction. USCIS sent a letter to affected […]

May 27, 2015

Divided Fifth Circuit Denies Emergency Stay as Underlying Case on Immigration Action Proceeds

From the American Immigration Council: Washington D.C. – In a disappointing decision, a divided panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday denied the federal government’s request for an emergency stay of a preliminary injunction that has temporarily stopped President Obama’s deferred action initiatives from being implemented. The court’s order keeps in place the […]

April 07, 2015

Unprecedented Coalition of Elected Officials, Advocates, Law Enforcement, Business Groups Ask Appellate Court to Reverse Texas Ruling Blocking President’s Immigration Initiatives

From the American Immigration Council Washington D.C. – The Texas federal district court order that blocked parts of President Obama’s executive action on immigration was based on unproven or incomplete presentations to the court and should be reversed, civil rights and immigration advocates argue in an amicus (“friend-of-the-court”) brief in the case of State of […]

February 01, 2015

USCIS to Accept Expanded DACA Applications on February 18, 2015.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on Feb. 18, 2015. Those eligible for this program can apply on or after that date. To qualify for expanded DACA, you must have: Arrived in the U.S. before age 16; Continuously resided in the U.S. since January 1, 2010, up to […]