Federal Relations

July 28, 2020

DHS to Reject Initial DACA Applications

The US Department of Homeland Security has announced it will reject initial DACA applications, and will “thoughtfully consider the future of the DACA policy, including whether to fully rescind the program”.

The following changes will take effect immediately:

  • Reject all initial requests for DACA and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents;
  • Reject new and pending requests for advanced parole absent exceptional circumstances; and,
  • Limit the period of renewed deferred action granted pursuant to the DACA policy after the issuance of this memorandum to one year.

Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said in a press statement that “Congress should act on this matter”.

The full memorandum is available here.