US fully restores DACA protections for young immigrants

Trump administration to resume processing DACA renewals
Posted at 8:49 AM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 11:49:06-05

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Trump administration fully restored the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for immigrants brought to the U.S. as young people, complying with a federal judge's order.

The announcement is a major victory for people who have been unable to apply since Trump ended DACA in September 2017. His administration has long argued that DACA is unconstitutional.

There is a key hearing Dec. 22 in Texas in a lawsuit by several states challenging DACA's legality.

President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to reinstate DACA when he takes office in January but permanent legal status and a path to citizenship would require congressional approval.