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DACA recipients can apply for renewal

DACA advocates march near Trump Tower in August in New York City. The government says it will resume DACA renewals.
DACA advocates march near Trump Tower in August in New York City. The government says it will resume DACA renewals.
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The Department of Homeland Security says it will once again accept renewal requests from recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in response to a court order.

"Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017," U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a part of DHS, wrote on its website Saturday.

Demonstrators urging the Democratic Party to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) rally outside the office of California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in Los Angeles last week.
Demonstrators urging the Democratic Party to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) rally outside the office of California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in Los Angeles last week.
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The Obama administration began the program in 2012, which enabled certain young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children to apply for work permits and protection from deportation. As of September, about 700,000 people are currently protected under the program.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in September that the Trump administration would wind down the DACA program. The administration said it was executive overreach and called on Congress to come up with a solution to the status of DACA recipients, also called DREAMers.

People who call themselves DREAMers protest in front of the U.S. Capitol on December 6, 2017. They want Congress to passing a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
People who call themselves DREAMers protest in front of the U.S. Capitol on December 6, 2017. They want Congress to passing a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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But a federal judge in San Francisco halted that plan late Tuesday and ordered the administration to resume processing DACA renewals while a lawsuit against the September decision moves forward.

The statement from USCIS says people who have already been granted deportation deferral under DACA can request renewal, but the agency will not accept new requests from people who have never received deferred action before. If someone's DACA expired on or after Sept. 5, 2016, that person may file a renewal request, the agency says; people who received DACA that expired before then can file a new DACA request.

Protesters at an immigrant rights rally outside the West Los Angeles federal building on Oct. 5, 2017, the deadline date for eligible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, recipients to renew their protection from deportation one last time before the program ends in March. The Trump administration rescinded DACA in early September.
Protesters at an immigrant rights rally outside the West Los Angeles federal building on Oct. 5, 2017, the deadline date for eligible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, recipients to renew their protection from deportation one last time before the program ends in March. The Trump administration rescinded DACA in early September.
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President Trump held a meeting with lawmakers on Tuesday about passing new legislation to allow the DREAMers to stay in the country, though he has pushed for funding for a wall with Mexico to be part of any immigration policy overhaul. He also received widespread criticism this past week after reports that he referred to immigrants from certain countries using a vulgar slur.

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