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DOJ Rushing Appeal While Lawmakers Present Another Option for a DACA Fix

A bipartisan group introduces Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act
A bipartisan group introduces Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act
Carmen Cornejo
Written by Carmen Cornejo

Immigration lawyers and advocates are urging immigrant youth whose DACA application has expired or is about to expire to renew as soon as possible, as the Trump administration is appealing the federal judge’s decision to restart the program to both the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court.

The court decision to restart DACA applies only to individuals who had been beneficiaries in the past; no new applications are being accepted.

Please follow this link to review USCIS guidelines for DACA renewal.

We already blogged at Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund that an appeal was very likely to be presented to the courts.

However, activists with National Immigration Law Center (NILC) believe the administration is rushing the legal work without taking necessary care to present a procedurally correct appeal.

In the meantime, Congressmen Will Hurd (R-TX) and Pete Aguilar (D-CA) introduced today a new bipartisan legislation aiming to provide a DACA fix and a pathway to U.S. citizenship for immigrant youth (DREAMers).

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Photo: Congressman Will Hurd announcing the bipartisan Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act

The new bill is called the Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act. Along with the DACA fix, it adds resources for the construction of the border wall and other immigration enforcement tools. Click here to see the Facebook video introducing the bill.

Legal analysts with NILC agreed that the bill has some flaws, but they see it as positive in general, especially as the Trump administration is making its Justice Department appeal against the re-activation of the DACA program.

It is calculated that more than 16,000 recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) have lost protections since the Trump administration terminated the program in September.