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Federal Court Orders President to Accept New DACA Applicants

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The order, handed down after a month of uncertainty from the initial ruling that saved DACA, forces USCIS to begin taking new applications for Dreamers.

Since September 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have only been renewing DACA applications. They have refused to accept new applications. The ruling from June and the subsequent order rescinds the rollback of new applicants.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, allows for children under 16 that are illegally brought from another country to remain within the U.S. The USCIS began taking applications for DACA in 2015. The “Dreamers,” as they have come to be known, must renew their status every two years. There is currently no clear path for them to obtain citizenship.

In response, Homeland Security has said that the system will become more “merit based” in the future. As of now, that is not the case.

 This ruling hands a big win to these children and young adults who have built their lives in this country and simply wish to pursue the American dream.