DACA is saved but program is now more expensive

DACA recipients now have to pay a $495 renewal fee every instead of every other year, apply earlier

The celebration over the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of DACA did not last long.

On June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration failed to adequately defend its recension of DACA with a “reasonable explanation.” The case stems from the Department of Homeland Security’s 2017 announcement that it would rescind the program, which has allowed nearly 800,000 young people, known as “Dreamers,” to avoid deportation and remain in America. The decision was then challenged in court until its ultimate conclusion in a 5-4 vote by the Supreme Court.

As part of the ruling, the court ordered the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to go back to its original state which includes accepting new applications, granting advanced parole, and continuing the same renewal process for DACA recipients. As DACA recipients let out a sigh of relief after years of the program in limbo, the current administration began work to attack the program once again. Future applicants were working hard getting their paperwork in order to be able to submit their initial applications. Lawyers, organizations, and advocates continued to work diligently to help submit renewals while advising future applicants to gather all their necessary documents for when USCIS gave a date of when they would accept new applications.

USCIS instead released a statement July 28 not only rejecting the court’s ruling but also limiting current DACA recipients deferred action to one year instead of the two years previously used.

• Reject all initial requests for DACA and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents;

• Reject new and pending requests for advanced parole absent exceptional circumstances; and,

• Limit the period of renewed deferred action granted pursuant to the DACA policy after the issuance of this memorandum to one year

With this announcement, DACA recipients will now have to pay a fee of $495 every year in order to renew their DACA application. Organizations like Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC), United Farm Workers of America (UFW), among others are still helping with renewal applications and some continue to offer financial assistance for applicants. If you or someone you know needs to renew your DACA application make sure you submit it six months prior to expiration date. In June, Mi Familia Vota in partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens, announced the todosonada campaign to provide financial support to immigrant youth that need to apply for DACA. For more information, visit their website at www.todosonada.org.

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