As the U.S. Supreme Court reviews President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, advocacy organizations are encouraging hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients to apply to renew their protections. Unfortunately, the Trump administration is not making the process easy, proposing a significant increase to the renewal fee and adopting policies that could potentially result in processing backlogs and unusually long delays. On Friday, the Justice Action Center and Covington & Burling LLP filed a lawsuit against the administration for failing to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request for U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services records regarding DACA renewals.
Despite the barriers being erected by the Trump administration, DACA renewals remain open, and recipients can and should apply to renew their protections. Nearly 300,000 DACA recipients with protections set to expire in 2020 have yet to apply for renewal, with a decision from the Supreme Court expected no later than June of this year. While the program has provided temporary relief from deportation and helped open doors to education and employment opportunities for more than 825,000 recipients, a permanent solution is necessary to protect those who call the United States their home. The United States needs an immigration system that is fair and responsive to the needs of all people, including the immigrants who are helping to build the country’s collective future.
For more on how to reframe the immigration debate, see CAP’s report: “Restoring the Rule of Law Through a Fair, Humane, and Workable Immigration System.”