DHS Announces Changes to DACA Program

On Tuesday , July 28, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security has decided to immediately make the following changes to DACA:

• Reject all initial requests for DACA and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents (EAD);
• Reject new and pending requests for advanced parole absent exceptional circumstances; and,
• Limit the period of renewed deferred action granted pursuant to the DACA policy after the issuance of this memorandum to one (1) year.

Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf claims that “ the Department of Homeland Security will take action to thoughtfully consider the future of the DACA policy, including whether to fully rescind the program.” The Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf further stated that “as the Department continues looking at the policy and considers future action, the fact remains that Congress should act on this matter”.

Lawsuits in federal court are expected as a result of this DHS memorandum.