USCIS announced in a statement Saturday that it would resume the Obama DACA amnesty program after a California Judge issued a nationwide injunction on Tuesday ordering that the program be continued.
The statement said that the DACA program “will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded” and that it would continue “until further notice.”
The agency stated that previous DACA recipients are still eligible to request a renewal only if their status expired on or after Sept. 5, 2016. However, DACA recipients whose status expired before Sept. 5, 2016 are not eligible to file for renewal, but are still allowed to file for the program in a new request. The agency will also permit anyone whose status has been terminated to file another request, but will not accept applications from anyone who was never previously granted DACA.
Judge William Alsup, the San Francisco Federal judge who made the ruling later the same day that Pres. Trump met with lawmakers to discuss a deal on DACA, argued that the Trump Administration didn’t follow the proper legal procedures when it rescinded the program last September and said that previous DACA recipients should be permitted to renew their status.
In his ruling, Judge Alsup stated that the administration must “maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis.”
Updated: Mon, Jan 29th 2018 @ 1:45pm EST