Judge Orders DACA Restoration

On Friday, December 4th Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn directed the Trump administration to allow eligible immigrants to file new applications for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Judge Garaufis’ order reverses acting secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf’s memorandum issued this summer.  Wolf’s restrictions limited the program to only one-year renewals of previously approved applicants. Garaufis directed that the DACA program be fully reinstated and ordered the Department of Homeland Security to post a public notice by Monday, December 7th.

The DACA program will be restored to its original structure. New applications will be considered and issued Employment Authorization Documents will have a two-year expiration time frame. Former President Barack Obama initiated DACA to provide a 2-year deferment from deportation actions and provide eligibility for a work permit.

Recipients must ensure they fulfill all requirements in order to qualify. Requirements include continuously living in the United States since June 15, 2007, currently in school, graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, or an honorable discharge of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States, as well as not having been convicted of a felony, or significant misdemeanor.

DACA can be intimidating to first time applicants and should be completed accurately. The Presti Law Firm is committed to keeping clients informed and well versed in their immigration process. As one’s livelihood is dependent on approval The Presti Law Firm ensures every detail is completed properly and precisely.