Trump Administration Rejecting “All Pending and Future Initial Requests for DACA”

July 31, 2020

Despite a federal ruling that the Trump administration must restore DACA to its pre-repeal status, the Department of Homeland Security indicated in a memo that it will reject new DACA applicants. 
U.S. District Judge Paul Grimm’s order required the administration to accept new applications, allow Dreamers to renew their status for two years, and permit Dreamers to travel out of the country.  Further, in its recent decision striking down the administration's attempt to end DACA, the Supreme Court ordered the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to return to the status quo in 2017, when it was still accepting new applications. 
DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf subsequently ordered the agency to, among other things: 
  • Reject all initial DACA requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents.

  • Adjudicate all pending and future properly submitted DACA renewal requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents from current beneficiaries.

  • Limit the period of any deferred action granted pursuant to the DACA policy after the issuance of this memorandum (and thereby limit the period of any associated work authorization) to one year.