A Federal Judge in the Eastern District of New York made a powerful ruling on Friday, December 4th. Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis ordered the Federal Government to begin accepting new DACA applications.
(read the order here: DACAOrderDec5)
The Judge went as far as to order the government to post on their webpage that they will begin accepting new DACA applications, and he only gave them 3 calendar days to post the notice. The Judge also ordered USCIS to begin accepting advanced parole requests from those currently in the DACA program.
Good News for Potential DACA Recipients & Family Members
While this is amazing news for potential DACA recipients and their families, we must caution the government can always appeal the judge’s decision.
Also, there is a federal case in Texas, which may rule differently on DACA. That case has a hearing on December 22, 2021. (read the order for a hearing here: DecHearingTexasCase
Here is a detailed video from Abogado Ray talking about the Judge’s decision:
If you would like to know what documentation is needed to support your DACA application please watch this previous video (Espanol): Please note the caution to not apply was because we were expecting a negative decision from the Trump administration, but the ruling on December 4th vacated that negative decision that we were anticipating.
Here is the video in English:
NOTE: Many new changes have occurred since this update. Read about the latest USCIS DACA updates here.