From CLINIC: DHS Memorandum on Rescission of DACA

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

From Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.:

We are broken-hearted to be sharing the news that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an amazing success for our country, was rescinded by the administration today in a misguided decision. Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, CLINIC will stand by Dreamers in partnership with our dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs. DACA changed so many lives for the better, introducing many of us to the brave Dreamers we now know as our clients, fellow parishioners, neighbors and colleagues.

Many of the details on how today’s announcement will take effect remain unclear. This is what the DHS Memorandum on Rescission of DACA sets forth:

For those who already hold DACA:

  • DHS will not terminate the grants of previously issued deferred action or revoke work authorization solely based on today’s announcement
  • DHS will not approve any new Form I-131, Advance Parole applications
  • DHS will administratively close all pending Form I-131 applications and will refund associated fees
  • Previously issued and valid Advance Parole, travel authorization will generally be honored

For initial applications:

  • DHS will stop accepting initial DACA requests as of Sept. 5
  • Any initial applications filed after Sept. 5 will be rejected
  • DHS will continue to adjudicate, on a case-by-case basis, pending DACA initial requests that were received by Sept. 5

For renewal applications:

  • DHS will continue to adjudicate, on a case-by-case basis, DACA renewal requests filed as of Sept. 5
  • DHS will accept and adjudicate, on a case-by-case basis, DACA renewal request applications from current beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between Sept. 5 and March 5, 2018, so long as renewal request applications are received by Oct. 5

DHS has also released Frequently Asked Questions: Rescission of DACA