DHS Clarifies DACA Program
In direct response to the recent Supreme Court decision in DHS v. Regents of the University of California, which held that the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) must be vacated, the DHS has outlined a series of policies pertaining to the DACA program. Choosing to focus on the procedural grounds which the Supreme Court used in its decision, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf of the DHS essentially doubled down on effectively rescinding the DACA program and stated that the DHS will reject all new DACA requests as well as any applications for Employment Authorization based on such requests. While current beneficiaries of the DACA program will still be able to renew their EAD cards, further grants of deferred action will not exceed one year from the date of this memorandum (July 28, 2020) and Advance Parole documents will no longer be available for DACA recipients, absent extraordinary circumstances. For more information regarding this policy, please see the DHS announcement posted here.