Nearly 800,000 undocumented youth fell under the DACA program's umbrella. PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters / Jose Luis Gonzalez via Fox News
This week, a federal judge ruled that the government must accept renewal applications for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). This program protected people who came to the U.S. illegally as children and allowed them to go to school or work legally for a period of 2 years. Dreamers, as they are known, could apply to renew this legal status that protected them from deportation.
Last year, the Trump administration said it was getting rid of DACA and wasn’t accepting new applications or renewal applications. This posed a huge problem for the 800,000 immigrants who are protected by the program. The protected legal status was set to expire in March 2018 but multiple states, organizations, and individuals sued to keep DACA in place.
In a ruling on Tuesday, San Francisco-based U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup ordered the federal government to start accepting renewal applications again for DACA. This helps lift an enormous burden for Dreamers who have been living in fear of deportation. While current Dreamers can now apply to renew their protected status and work permits, the program is still not accepting new applications.