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Efforts to shield DACA recipients continue

Immigrants living in Colorado might be interested to know the Trump administration has in the first three months of 2018 reportedly approved more than 55,000 renewal applications for current and previous enrollees in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. According to documents filed in court by government officials, the program received roughly 65,000 renewal applications during the same period.

The Department of Justice filed the quarterly report as part of ongoing litigation with the State of California over President Trump's efforts to end the program. In September of last year, Trump rescinded the Executive Order establishing the program that was put in place by President Obama. Two separate federal judges in California issued injunctions allowing previously enrolled DACA recipients to reapply. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, 693,850 individuals were DACA recipients as of March 31.

A separate group of over 26,000 additional DACA recipients is currently waiting to have their applications renewed for an additional two years. Under the injunctions, which were issued in separate lawsuits on January 9 and February 13, the Trump administration was required to return the program to the status it held prior to his rescinding the Obama Executive Action establishing DACA. Anyone enrolled in the program, or previously enrolled, is eligible to reapply, but those having eligibility without having been previously enrolled are not allowed to apply for first-time enrollment.

The report shows the effectiveness of efforts to shield DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers, from deportation. The program lets children of undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria, to be shielded from deportation for two years at a time. According to DACA demographic reports, over 90 percent of recipients will lose protections in 2018 unless applications are renewed and approved.

Citizenship and immigration issues can be complicated. Consulting a qualified immigration attorney regarding DACA or other administrative procedures can give clarity regarding options and strategies for immigrants.

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