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On April 24, in the case NAACP v. Trump, Judge Bates of the D.C. District Court found the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unlawful under the Administrative Procedure Act.  His order may, if not appealed or mooted, reinstate the DACA program and make it possible for people to apply for DACA for the first time.

However, Judge Bates stayed his order for 90 days, and his order also permits DHS to issue a new rescission of DACA within 90 days. NIJC continues to recommend that those who had DACA in the past or currently have DACA seek immediate legal assistance and, if eligible, immediately renew their DACA status. See below for more guidance.

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Community Advisory on DACA (4/25/2018)

On April 24, in the case NAACP v. Trump, Judge Bates of the D.C. District Court found the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unlawful under the Administrative Procedure Act.  His order may, if not appealed or mooted, reinstate the DACA program and make it possible for people to apply for DACA for the first time. However, Judge Bates stayed his order for 90 days, and his order also permits DHS to issue a new rescission of DACA within 90 days. In light of these developments, NIJC advises the following:

1. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is still accepting DACA renewal applications for individuals with current or expired DACA benefits.

2. USCIS is NOT accepting new DACA applications at this time.

3. It is unclear what impact this order might have on future DACA renewals. Therefore, the opportunity to file DACA renewals may be limited. Individuals who want to renew their protection are encouraged to seek a legal consultation as soon as possible.

  • If your DACA expired ON or AFTER September 5, 2016 you can submit a DACA renewal application. If your DACA expired BEFORE September 5, 2016 or was previously terminated, you can submit a new initial DACA application.

DACA recipients with current or expired DACA benefits may contact NIJC to schedule a DACA consultation by calling 312-660-1370 or emailing nijcild@heartlandalliance.org. DACA recipients eligible to renew their DACA may also sign up for NIJC's upcoming free DACA renewal clinics.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions: DACA (English)

Preguntas Frequentes: DACA (Spanish)

Często Zadawane Pytania: DACA (Polish)


Know Your Rights

DACA is Ending: Know Your Rights

DACA Se Terminará: Conozca Sus Derechos


Other Resources

Quick Guide on DACA and the DREAM Act, NIJC

About DACA and Employment, National Immigration Law Center

DACA Information & Resources (including renewal workshops in Chicago, DACA fee assistance, impact on social security numbers and driver’s licenses), Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Community Advisory: What Do I Need to Know about the End of DACA?, Immigrant Legal Resource Center


Take Action

Demand that members of congress take action to pass the bi-partisan DREAM Act that provides legal status for immigrant youth and does not jeopardize the safety and livelihood of other immigrants in the United States.  Act now.