Last Friday was a historic day, as it saw a district judge of the federal court overturn a decision made by the Trump administration about DACA. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA has been allowing around 700,000 undocumented immigrants in the country- and the implications of this reinstatement will be massive.
The case has been referred to as the Batalla Vidal v. Wolf, and the presiding judge mentioned that the DHS had to issue a notice about the reinstatement. The notice clearly needed to state that the DHS was accepting requests for considering actions that fall under the jurisdiction of DACA. This came into effect since the leader of the DHS decided to do away with the law without having any legal backing.
What Was the Supreme Court Ruling regarding DACA?
This ruling can be considered to be one of the last nails in the coffin of the Trump administration- and their attempt to curb this law. Three years back, a memo was issued by the DHS, which talked about winding down the entire program. But last June saw the Supreme Court ruling that there was no way the attempts would be allowed to succeed- for the DHS hadn’t really been clear as to why they wanted to do away with DACA.
Despite that, the DHS didn’t fully reinstate DACA. Rather, they issued a new memo which had the undersigning of Chad Wolf- the undersecretary of the DHS. The memo spoke about the DACA policy having several repercussions that could be detrimental to the policies that the Congress could be making.
The memo clearly directed several DHS personnel to not accept any of the DACA applications that came their way. Also, people who were currently availing DACA would also see their benefits and renewal period lasting for just one year. But this was all done away by the Federal Court Judge.