New DACA Applications Blocked by Federal Judge

August 17, 2021

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

New Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications will not be allowed under a ruling by a U.S. district judge in Texas on July 16, 2021. The judge ruled that DACA violated the Administrative Procedure Act but temporarily stayed his ruling for the nearly 650,000 current DACA recipients, referred to as “Dreamers.” Current DACA recipients may seek renewal of their authorization to remain and work in the United States.

Tech companies, including Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Adobe, expressed their disappointment with the ruling and urged Congress to protect the program. President Biden echoed those comments and said the U.S. will appeal the ruling, noting that it “relegates hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to an uncertain future.” He said it was his “fervent hope” that Congress would pass legislation to provide a permanent status for DACA recipients.

Additional Information:

Texas v. United States, July 16, 2021

DHS Secretary Mayorkas Statement on DACA Ruling, July 17, 2021