Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) news
Updates, analysis and resources from the City of Minneapolis' Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs on the DACA program. More topics>>
Department of Homeland Security issues memorandum restricting DACA program
On July 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a new memorandum on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The memorandum represents a first step in changing DACA processing while the DHS decides how it will respond to the June Supreme Court ruling supporting DACA.
This memorandum instructs DHS personnel to:
- Reject all pending and future first time requests for DACA and refund filing fees for new applications received.
- Reject all pending and future requests for advance parole.
- Cut the DACA renewal and work authorization validity period from two years to one year.
- Make decisions to end or deny deferred action in the exercise of discretion.
It is important to note that this memorandum does not end the DACA program. Nevertheless, because the memorandum firmly closes the door on new DACA applicants, among other reasons, the memo is likely to result in renewed court battles.
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In the Minneapolis area, 2.5% of the immigrant population (1,625 people) are DACA eligible. DACA and DACA-eligible residents who cannot afford a private attorney should know that there are competent free legal services available in the Twin Cities area.
People interested in sharing their DACA story and learning more about DACA can visit the Home is Here webpage.
DACA recipients who cannot afford to pay the $495 renewal fee and are citizens of Mexico may contact the Mexican Consulate at 520-612-7874 to learn whether they qualify for assistance in paying the filing fee. Please contact the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs if you are interested in helping a DACA beneficiary pay the DACA renewal fee.
The Minneapolis Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA), operating remotely, is also a resource for residents. Please contact OIRA at 612-394-6018 or [email protected].
Supreme Court decides that the way DACA was rescinded violated the law
On June 18, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision saying that the way in which the Department of Homeland Security ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program violated the Administrative Procedures Act. This decision paves the way for new DACA applications to be accepted, however the DACA program is still at risk, as the Supreme Court did say that the federal government has the power to end the program, although the way the program was ended was unlawful. More information about the DACA decision can be found here. A more permanent solution beneficial to DACA beneficiaries, or "Dreamers" rests with the US Congress and many are advocating for the US Senate to take up H.R.6, the American Dream and Promise Act, to create a pathway for citizenship for Dreamers. For more information on this decision and how it impacts Dreamers, contact trusted immigration legal service providers such as Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Volunteer Lawyers Network and Mid Minnesota Legal Aid.
Last updated Oct 5, 2020