Federal government begins accepting DACA renewals following court order


On Wednesday, the Republican Main Street Caucus, a group of 76 members committed to pragmatic, conservative governing, agreed to key principles they would like to see included in legislative solutions addressing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Mirka Dominguez Salinas, a DACA recipient, says she worries the federal order is only temporary. Under Alsup's ruling, renewal applications must still be accepted, giving those approved another two years from the new date of their application approval. "So for those of you who have had DACA and need to renew it they will be accepting it", Yasser Sanchez, a Mesa immigration lawyer posted in a live Facebook video.

The decision comes four days after a federal judge, in a nod to pending lawsuits, temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end the program.

Then on Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators presented the president with an agreement on new legislation for immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children.

The deal hit a snag after reports Thursday that told lawmakers at a meeting on immigration at the that the USA didn't need more immigrants from "sh-hole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and several African countries.

Trump gave Congress six months to find a way to allow immigrant approved for the DACA program to remain in the US permanently.

Renewal applications will, however, only be accepted from people who previously received DACA and whose deferred action had expired on or after September 5, 2016. The agency will not be accepting new applications from immigrants who may have been eligible for the program, but never applied.

President Donald Trump said in September that he was ending DACA, which gives safe harbor from deportation and work permits to about 690,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S.as children, known as Dreamers. That suit challenges the decision to end the program.