Immigration Law

In 'defiant stance' after Supreme Court ruling, US will reject new DACA applications

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Protesters demonstrate in front of the White House to advocate for DACA recipients in 2017. Photo from

The Trump administration is limiting the program that deferred deportation for some younger immigrants as it reviews a loss in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The administration won’t accept new applications to the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It will also shorten renewal periods from two years to one.

The Associated Press, Law360 and a press release by the American Civil Liberties Union have the news.

The Associated Press describes the action as “a defiant stance” following the Supreme Court decision that rejected the administration’s attempt to phase out DACA.

The administration announced the interim changes Tuesday. The DACA program, created during the Obama administration, defers deportation and grants work permits for immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

The Supreme Court ruled last month that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security failed to “provide a reasoned explanation” for its decision to end the program, a violation the Administrative Procedure Act.

The White House expects legal challenges to its latest move, according to the Associated Press. A federal judge in Maryland ruled July 17 that the program must be fully restored, the Associated Press previously reported.

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