These Migrants Can Still Get Legal Permission. But They Are Losing Hope

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WASHINGTON.— Although the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program remains standing, in the absence of the final decision of the Supreme Court, only 27% of beneficiaries with expiring permits in January they have requested a renewal, due in part to uncertainty and hopelessness.

This was indicated today by an analysis by the Center for American Progress (CAP), less than a month after the Court heard oral arguments about the legality of the cancellation of DACA. The highest court must issue its opinion between January and June 2020.


The immigration relief program, instituted by former Democratic President Barack Obama in August 2012, granted legal stay and work permits to more than 700,000 undocumented youth, most of whom came from their parents' hands when they were children.

The president, Donald Trump, announced his dismantling in September 2017, arguing that the program was illegal. But DACA remains alive because four federal courts ordered its restoration last year, although not for new cases.

The Office of Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) continues to accept applications to renew two-year permits under DACA.

Starting today and until January 2020, 157,000 DACA beneficiaries will need to process their renewal applications to keep their protections under the program, according to CAP.

Once the applications were approved, USCIS would extend both the protection of deportation and work permits until 2021. However, the Center for American Progress noted that only 27% of so-called dreamers, or dreamers, whose permits expire in January Next, you have requested a renewal.

Among those who have permits that expire in February 2020, only 14% have requested renewal.

In the current political climate, in which Trump has implemented numerous measures to hinder the arrival or stay of migrants, undocumented or with papers, CAP attributes the reluctance of dreamers to renew their permits at the high cost of the process; to the fear of sharing your data with the Government; and to the uncertainty about the future of the program.

But the delay to start the proceedings worries activists from the immigrant community, because USCIS recommends that the beneficiaries submit their applications five months before their documents expire, to avoid inconvenience.

According to CAP, more than 616,000 DACA beneficiaries have requested a renewal of their permits since January 2018. USCIS has already awarded 94% of the applications received and, of these, 99.2% have been approved, with only 0 , 8% denied.

“Despite the confusion, DACA beneficiaries can and should renew their protections. The decision on when to renew DACA depends on many factors, but both activists and service providers across the country are ready to help these individuals in that process, ”said Nicole Prchal Svjlenka, a CAP analyst.

“The Trump Administration created this problem at the end of DACA. Now they are launching the task to the Supreme Court, which we hope will reaffirm the decisions of multiple lower courts that the cancellation of DACA was illegal, ”he said.

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