Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
On September 13, 2023 the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued decision finding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Final Rule unlawful. The court also expanded the original injunction and order of vacatur to cover the Final Rule. However the court kept a partial stay of order for “all DACA recipients who received their initial DACA status prior to July 16, 2021.
That means current grants of DACA and related work permits remain valid until they expire, unless individually terminated. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will still continue to accept and process DACA renewal requests and accompanying work permit applications under the DACA regulation as it has since October 31, 2022. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will continue to accept initial requests, but per the order, not process initial DACA request.