Here’s what the shocking ruling does — and doesn’t — mean.
The young immigrants at the center of Congress’ current negotiations just received some shocking news — from a federal court in California.
Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California ordered the Trump administration on Tuesday night to (partially) resurrect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects nearly 700,000 unauthorized immigrants from deportation and allows them to work in the US legally but which the federal government is in the process of winding down.
But it’s still unclear whether this is good news for the immigrants who have DACA, or just another layer of confusion and uncertainty.
The order directs the Trump administration to make it possible for people who have or have had DACA to apply for renewals again — something that many of them were prevented from doing when the administration announced an end to the program on September 5, 2017, while others missed a narrow window for one last renewal last fall.
Tuesday night’s order doesn’t necessarily mean that the estimated 22,000 people who have already lost DACA protections since September or are set to lose them by March 5 — or the several hundred people a day who are set to lose work permits starting March 5 — can mail renewal applications and stop worrying about their futures. There are very big questions about how quickly US Citizenship and Immigration Services will move to implement the order — and how long the order will remain in effect before being stopped or overturned in a higher court.
Even the immigration advocates who are litigating the lawsuit are stressing the fragility of Tuesday night’s decision, and arguing it shouldn’t take any pressure off Congress to pass a bill that would create some sort of permanent protection (or even Read More Here