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What You Need to Know About the DACA Reconsideration Memo

US Department of Homeland Security Memo Release Partially Rescinds DACA

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  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues July 28, 2020 DACA Reconsideration Memo
  • DACA protection is reduced from 2 years to 1 year, requiring yearly renewal
  • Current DACA renewal application filing fees are $495
  • Almost all advanced parole requests will be denied
  • All first-time DACA requests will be denied

(Noted News) — On June 18, the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration in regards to the DACA program, and nearly six weeks later, on July 28, 2020 the Department of Homeland Security has released a memo partially rescinding DACA.

The Supreme Court recently ruled that the Trump administration did not adequately explain its decision to end DACA and that its reasoning was flimsy and sparse.  The Memo does not totally do away with DACA but substantially limits it.  Here is what you need to know about the DACA program changes.

1. All first-time DACA requests will be denied.

First-time DACA applications had stopped being accepted after a lower court ruling challenging DACA, but after the Supreme Court’s ruling on DACA, USCIS was permitted to resume accepting first-time applications, and first-time applications started being filed.  But the administration responded in the past few weeks by refusing to act on these first-time applications. The July 28 memo will reportedly prevent approximately 66,000 eligible Dreamers from being approved for DACA for the first time.

2.  DACA protection is reduced from 2 years to 1 year, requiring yearly renewal.

The two-year work permit and stay of deportation proceedings was reduced from 2 years to 1 year, requiring yearly renewal.  The application cost is currently $495.

3.  Almost all advance parole requests will be denied.

Advance parole permits a DACA recipient to travel abroad and reenter the United States lawfully. This permission to travel has been essential for Dreamers to be able to visit with loved ones living in other countries.  The July 28 Memo announced the termination of nearly all advance parole requests.

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