President Biden Issues Proclamation Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

President Biden issued an executive order on January 20, 2021, to preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.

In 2017, President Trumped issued an executive order ending the program. On June 18, 2020, however, the U.S. Supreme Court held the Trump Administration improperly terminated DACA.

In response, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that, while it would continue to accept renewal applications, it would not accept new, first-time applications. But, on December 4, 2020, a federal court in New York ordered DHS to continue to implement the DACA program in the form it existed in 2012, including accepting new applications.

President Biden’s executive order will ensure that DHS continues to accept new applications under the DACA program.

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