Where does the DACA program stand now?

On Behalf of | Dec 24, 2023 | US Immigration Law

Certain immigration policies can have a major impact on individuals’ lives. Policies requiring specific reviews or establishing new options for immigrants can affect thousands of people in the United States. Most immigrants need to follow specific rules or risk their removal from the country. Certain policies and programs help establish who is at risk of removal and who may be eligible for special consideration.

For more than a decade, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has provided opportunities for certain immigrants. Those who entered the country without authorization as minor children who accompanied adults sometimes qualify for special consideration under the DACA program. They can receive protection from removal and also authorization to work.

New applications are on hold

There have been several major court cases regarding DACA in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in recent years. Specifically, a 2021 ruling effectively halted new DACA applications. Individuals who might qualify for consideration under DACA cannot submit a new application.

Additionally, the ruling prevents the government from issuing any additional employment authorization documents for new applicants under DACA. Fortunately, existing DACA beneficiaries can apply to renew their protection or their employment authorization.

What does this mean for those currently in the U.S. under DACA?

Changes in policy are constant, and immigrants need to know the status of different programs that might apply to them. Tracking immigration laws and court rulings can help people protect themselves and the people they love. It can also help to have experienced legal guidance if you’re concerned about your immigration status. This can help you protect your rights.