DHS begins limited implementation of DACA under final rule

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security’s final rule to preserve and fortify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals went into effect Monday, Oct. 31. The final rule’s implementation means that DACA is now based on a formal regulation, thereby preserving and fortifying the program while the program remains the subject of litigation in court. Previously, DACA was based on a policy memorandum that former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano issued Aug. 15, 2012. Since its inception in 2012, DACA has allowed over 800,000 young people to remain with their families in the only country many of them have ever known and continue to contribute to their communities in the United States.Under the final rule, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will continue to accept and process app
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