DACA Is Restored After Court Rules DHS Head Served Illegally

Federal judge’s ruling means young immigrants who weren’t previously eligible may now apply for the first time in three years

The ruling is the fifth to find that Chad Wolf is serving illegally in his acting role as Homeland Security secretary.

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香蕉视频苹果下载WASHINGTON—A federal judge in New York invalidated Trump administration rules narrowing the program that protects immigrants living in the U.S. since childhood without legal permission, ruling the restrictions were improperly issued.

香蕉视频苹果下载, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, to near-full operation, after multiple attempts by the Trump administration to end or curtail it. That means, for the first time since September 2017, new applicants who weren’t previously eligible, typically because they were too young, may now apply.

香蕉视频苹果下载The DACA program was created by the Obama administration in 2012 to protect the young immigrants, known as Dreamers, who have been living in the country without legal permission since childhood, and has been the subject of legal battles for the past three years.

In June, the Supreme Court ruled香蕉视频苹果下载 the Trump administration’s first attempt to end the program didn’t follow the proper procedure required for federal policy-making.

The following month, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf issued a memorandum narrowing the program香蕉视频苹果下载 to existing applicants, who would be offered renewals of only one year, rather than two, and closing the program to any new candidates. The move was intended as an intermediate step while the administration considered whether to make another attempt to end the program entirely, as the Supreme Court had allowed it could do.

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