A federal judge in New York has ordered the Trump administration to begin accepting new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — the Obama-era initiative that provides quasi-legal status to immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children.
U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis issued an order Friday directing the Department of Homeland Security to announce by Monday that it is resuming the approval of new DACA applications and work permits. The judge also ordered DHS to return to its prior practice of granting and extending DACA status for two years at a time.
The Brooklyn-based Garaufis ruled last month that a Trump administration policy refusing to allow new applications was void because the official who issued it in July, Chad Wolf, lacked the authority to do so. The Trump administration describes Wolf as the acting secretary of Homeland Security, but the judge said Wolf was not lawfully elevated to that position.