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DACA Resources

DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was announced by former President Barack Obama on June 15, 2012, and implemented by then Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. The policy has enabled people who came to the United States before the age of 16 to apply for “deferred action” (a form of prosecutorial discretion) and a work permit. The program has protected nearly 800,000 people in the United States. On September 5, 2017, AG Sessions announced that DACA would be rescinded. On January 9, the federal district court for the Northern District of California issued a nationwide injunction ordering the Department of Homeland Security to continue the DACA program ordering DHS to maintain DACA on the same terms that existed prior to its rescission on September 5, 2017 and to allow qualifying DACA recipients to apply to renew their applications. Click here to view the USCIS Response to the court ruling. On November 8, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the California injunction after concluding that DACA is a lawful exercise of discretion and that the administration decision to end DACA was a mistake of law. On February 13, 2018 a second court in New York issued a nationwide injunction similar to the one issued by the California court. On April 24, 2018, a third court in D.C. issued another order prohibiting DHS from moving forward with the rescission. The state of Texas and six other states filed a lawsuit in a federal district court challenging the legality of DACA. On August 31, 2018, Judge Andrew Hanen denied Texas and the plaintiff-states a preliminary injunction, concluding that preserving the status quo was preferable to blocking DACA, among other points. This means that there are no competing nationwide injunctions. On May 17, 2019 the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision, and concluded that the choice to end DACA was a mistake of law. On June 28, 2019, the Supreme Court consolidated the cases and agreed to hear the DACA case. The Court issued a 5-4 decision on June 18, 2020, holding that the case could be reviewed in federal court and further that the way the Trump administration ended DACA was arbitrary and capricious and therefore unlawful. The cases were sent back to the lower courts. (Updated: June 19, 2020)

What the Supreme Court's Decision Means for DACA Recipients, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia for The Takeaway, June 22, 2020.



How rule of law saved DACA, for now, The Christian Science Monitor, June 19, 2020.

DACA: Some Thoughts, Some Links, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia for Medium, June 18, 2020.

 

What Happens Now That The U.S. Supreme Court Has Upheld DACA?, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia for Wisconsin Public Radio, June 18, 2020. 

DACA at the Supreme Court: Decision DayPenn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, June 18, 2020.







Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, Supreme Court, June 18, 2020.







The Meaning of DACA, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, NYU Press, June 2, 2020.

DACA at the Supreme Court: What We Know Virtual EventPenn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, April 29, 2020.
Video of event
Resources

 

DACA at the Supreme Court: Oral Argument Recap and What Comes Next, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, November 13, 2019.

 

 

DACA at the Supreme Court: Quicktake on Oral Arguments, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia for Medium, November 12, 2019.

 DACA at the Supreme Court, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, October 22, 2019.

 

 

 

DACA at the Supreme Court Fact Sheet, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, October 7, 2019.

 

 

 

DACA at the Supreme Court:  Immigration Law Scholars Brief by Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, October 4, 2019.

SCOTUSBlog: Dream Deferred, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, September 10, 2019.

Litigation on DACA: What We Know
Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, updated June 28, 2019.

 


 

Practice Advisory: Non-Lawful Permanent Resident Cancellation of Removal Under INA § 240A(b) for DACA Recipients
Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., October 29, 2018.

Twitter Thread on Ninth Circuit Decision Upholding DACA
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, November 8, 2018

Status of DACA: September 2018 (infographic)
This document from Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic includes updated information on DACA status.


 

 

Twitter Thread on Texas judge's ruling to reject request to block DACA,
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, August 31, 2018.

Twitter Thread on D.C. Court Rejecting DHS Explanation for Ending DACA
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, August 3, 2018.

 DACAmented Law Students and Lawyers in the Trump Era, Raquel Muñiz, Mara Zrzavy, and Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, June 7, 2018.

 

 

Amicus Brief: Regents of the University of California, et al. v. Department of Homeland Security, et al.
Immigration Law Scholars, March 20, 2018.

Penn State Reaffirms Support as DACA Future Remains Unknown, Penn State News, March 20, 2018.

DACA Recipient at Penn State: A Life Fearing Deportation, The Daily Collegian, March 19, 2018.

Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York Nationwide Injunction to continue DACA
United States District Court Eastern District of New York, February 13, 2018.

Declaration in Support of the Preliminary Injunction to Enjoin the DACA Rescission
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, February 15, 2018.

Twitter Thread Analysis of Nationwide Injunction on DACA Rescission by Second Court
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, February 13, 2018.

Legal Referrals: DACA Holders
Penn State Law Center for Immigrants Rights Clinic, February 1, 2018.


DACA Workshop Presentation, Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, January 28, 2018.
 

Response from USCIS Following the Court Decision to Restore DACA
Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, January 14, 2018.

Twitter Thread on DACA Court Ruling
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, January 10, 2018.

Penn State Backs Open Letter to Congress in Support of DACA Beneficiaries
Penn State News, October 20, 2017.

The Future of DACA: What Lies Ahead PowerPoint 
Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, September 20, 2017.



DACA Rescission 2017: What We Know Infographic
Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, September 21, 2017.


 

DACA: What Lies Ahead - Facebook Live Video
Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, September 20, 2017.

2017 DACA Rescission Announcement: What It Means
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, September 14, 2017.

What Have Courts Said About the Constitutionality of DACA?
Miriam Valverde for PolitiFact, September 11, 2017.

DACA Latest: Potential Lawsuits, the Use of Data for Deportation, and More
AirTalk, National Public Radio, September 6, 2017.

Immigration Law and Policy After the Election: Five Key Points
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia for Medium, September 6, 2017.

Making Sense of Uncertainty: What DACA Recipients Need to Know
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia on The Takeaway, WNYC, September 6, 2017.

Announcement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: What We Know
Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights, September 6, 2017.

El anuncio sobre Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA):  Lo que sabemos
Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights, September 6, 2017.

다카 ( 청년 이주자 추방 유예 정책 (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA)
Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights, September 6, 2017.

Facebook Live: DACA Announcement: What We Know
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, September 5, 2017.

ACSBlog: Trump Rescinds DACA
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia and Lorella Praeli, September 5, 2017.

Twitter Thread Coverage of Attorney General Press Conference
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, September 5, 2017.

Penn State President Eric Barron's Statement on DACA Announcement
Penn State News, September 5, 2017.

Dear Mr. President: Defend DACA
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia for Medium, September 2, 2017.

NPR Talk on DACA
NPR, August 30, 2017.

ACS Webinar: Texas vs. the DREAMers, Again
ACS, August 24th, 2017.

2013 DACA Workshop Presentation
Center for Immigrants' Right Clinic, March 21, 2013.

Advisories and Tools from Other Organizations

Transcript of Oral Arguments of Supreme Court DACA Case, Supreme Court of the United States, November 12, 2019.

 

Supreme Court Preview (includes DACA), American Constitution Society, September 26, 2019
 

 

Trump's Termination of DACA Program Unlawful, 4th Circ. Rules, Bloomberg Law, May 17, 2019.

Annotated DACA Application Packet, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, March 25, 2019.

Judge rejects Texas request to block DACA, The Hill, August 31, 2018.

2018 National DACA Survey, Center for American Progress, August 15, 2018

DACA Renewals Update, United We Dream, August 8, 2018

Practice Advisory: Immigration Relief for DACA Recipients Based on Fear of Return
University of California Hastings College of the Law Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, February 2018.

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Intervene on DACA
Amy Howe, SCOTUS Blog, January 18, 2018.

Justice Department Files Notice of Appeal and Intends to Petition for Immediate Supreme Court Review in DACA Lawsuit
The United States Department of Justice, January 16, 2018.

Five Things to Know About the Latest USCIS Announcement
National Immigration Law Center, January 14, 2018.

FAQ: USCIS is Accepting DACA Renewal Applications
National Immigration Law Center, January 14, 2018.

USCIS Statement on Preliminary Injunction
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, January 13, 2018.

Top 5 Things to Know About the DACA Injunction
United We Dream, January 10, 2018.

Practice Alert: Filing DACA Renewal Applications in the Wake of the January 9, 2018 Federal Court Ruling
American Immigration Lawyers Association, January 10, 2018.

In Reversal, Immigration Agency Will Consider Delayed DACA Requests
Liz Robbins, New York Times, November 15, 2017.

National Press Club Forum on Higher Education and Immigration
Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute, November 14, 2017. Includes perspectives from several university and college presidents.

About DACA and Employment
National Immigration Law Center, September 7, 2017.

FAQs on DACA Termination
National Immigration Law Center, September 5, 2017.

Top 5 Things to Know About the Announcement that DACA is Being Ended
National Immigration Law Center, September 5, 2017.

Community Advisory: What Do I Need to Know About the End of DACA
Immigrant Legal Resource Center, September 5, 2017.

Defending Dreamers: Educator's Toolkit
InformedImmigrant.com, September 5, 2017.

About DACA and Employment
United We Dream, National Immigration Law Center, and Advancing Justice, September 5, 2017.

Practice Advisory: Screening Potential DACA Requestors for Other Forms of Relief
Created by Patrick Taurel for the American Immigration Council, Sept. 1, 2017.

DACA Update: Five Things You Should Know
Fact sheet from the National Immigration Law Center and United We Dream, August 2017.

DHS Reviewing Status of Obama's Deferred-Action Program for Illegal Immigrants
Washington Post, August 24, 2017.

Government Documents

Judge Wardlaw's Opinion in Regents of the Univ. of Cal. v. USDHS
U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, November 8, 2018

Judge Hanen's ruling on State of Texas v. United States
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Brownsville Division, August 31, 2018.

D.C. Court Rejects DHS Explanation for Ending DACA
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, August 3, 2018.

Secretary Nielson responds to DC Court with Memo on DACA
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, June 22, 2018.

Acting Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton Statement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, March 7, 2018.

News In Focus: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Department of Homeland Security, September 8, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Rescission of DACA
Department of Homeland Security, September 5, 2017.

Memorandum on Rescission of DACA
Department of Homeland Security, September 5, 2017.

Jeff Sessions' Letter Calling for End of DACA
Mahita Gajanan for Time, September 5, 2017.

DHS Press Release
Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Department of Homeland Security, September 5, 2017.

VIDEO: Attorney General Announces Recission of DACA
New York Times, September 5, 2017.