NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — For the first time in several years more than 170 new applicants won approval to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for immigrants brought to the U.S. as young people.
Information revealed in a U.S. government court filing Monday showed 171 new applications were approved from Nov. 14 through the end of 2020 while 121 applications were denied and another 369 were rejected.READ MORE: UNT Hands No. 15 UTSA Crushing Defeat, Dashing Perfect Season Dreams
The report submitted by the Department of Homeland Security to Brooklyn federal court has a total of 2,713 initial applications submitted.
U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis had ordered the federal government to post public notice that it would accept applications under terms in place before President Donald Trump ended DACA in 2017, saying it was unconstitutional.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that Trump violated federal law in how he ended the program, but Chad Wolf, the acting Homeland Security secretary, said the administration wouldn’t accept new applications and would grant renewals for one year instead two. DACA shields about 650,000 people from deportation and makes them eligible for work permits.
The federal government did not appeal a November Garaufis order in which he said Wolf was in his position illegally. He ordered two-year renewals reinstated and required Homeland Security to report how many new applicants were rejected from June to Dec. 4. The figure: 4,383.
Besides processing the new applications, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services arm of Homeland Security also said it approved 61,844 renewals while denying 326 and rejecting 2,842 renewals in the last six weeks of the year.READ MORE: States Debate Whether Or Not To Drop 'Dehumanizing' Terms For Immigrants
Messages seeking comment were sent to advocates for DACA applicants and lawyers who represented them.
The administration of President Barack Obama started DACA in 2012, letting certain immigrants brought to the country illegally as children to work and be exempt from deportation. However, it did not confer legal status on recipients.
President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to reinstate DACA later this moth but permanent legal status and a path to citizenship would require congressional approval.
Two weeks ago, a judge in Houston heard arguments from lawyers for Texas and eight other states seeking to end the program on the grounds that DACA violates the constitution by circumventing Congress’ authority on immigration laws.
Representing DACA recipients, lawyers for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, and the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office argued for the lawsuit’s dismissal on the grounds that it was within Obama’s rights to launch the program.
The judge did not immediately rule.
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