July 29, 2020

DACA AND THE USA IMMIGRANT: Understanding The June 2020 Supreme Court Decision

On June 18,2020 the U.S. Supreme Court sided with DACA recipients ruling that the way inwhich the Trump administration rescinded the DACA program in 2017 was unlawful.The decision is a huge victory for immigrant communities and their allies whomobilized to protect the DACA program.

Although the Court sided with DACArecipients, it is important to remember that the Trump administration can againtry to end the program through an executive action.

While only Congress can take action to create a permanent solution for DACArecipients through federal legislation, we must also continue demanding thatstate and local officials protect our communities from immigration enforcement.

It is time for a permanent legislative solution for DACA recipients, TPSholders, and all other immigrants at risk of deportation.

WHAT DID THE COURT DECIDE?

The Court ruled in favor of the DACA program, rejecting the Trumpadministration’s 2017 attempt to terminate the program.

This decision restores the program completely, and both initial and renewalapplications should be accepted by USCIS.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE COMMUNITY?

Current DACA recipients continue to be protected fromdeportation and eligible for bene‑ts under the DACA program, like workauthorization.


Eligible DACA recipients cancontinue to apply to renew their DACA for two more years.

Eligible individuals who never hadDACA should be able to apply at this time.

All eligible individuals shouldconsult with a legal service provider for information about applying for DACA forthe first time, renewing their existing DACA, and/or getting screened foreligibility for other, more permanent immigration options.

It is possible Advance Parole mayagain allow DACA recipients to travel outside the United States and return.However, details of this possibility are still unclear, and the potentialimpact of the COVID-19 pandemic may limit the ability to travel. Check with alegal service provider for more information.


WHAT SHOULD THE COMMUNITY DO NOW?

Connect with a legal service providerto apply for DACA for the firrst time, renew DACA cases, and explore optionsbeyond DACA. Visit bit.ly/bi-law.com a trusted legal service provider.

Continue to Fight thisadministration’s anti-immigrant agenda by advocating for a permanent legislativesolution for DACA recipients and all other immigrant communities at risk ofdeportation.

Stay informed! Visit the ImmigrantLegal Resource Center’s DACA page for information on program updates athttps://www.ilrc.org/daca.