There is a lot of confusion about an injunction on DACA issued out of a District Court in Southern Texas yesterday.
This injunction has NO EFFECT on the DACA that has been in place for the past several years. Despite the Temporary Injunction, you can still file for Deferred Action (DACA 1.0) under the original requirements if you are renewing your DACA, OR filing a new request, provided that you:
- entered the US under the age of 16,
- were born after June 15, 1981,
- satisfied the educational criteria,
- can prove that you resided in the US since June 15, 2007,
- were out of status or had no status on June 15, 2012, and have not been convicted of certain crimes, and you must also be at least 15 years or older to request DACA in MOST circumstances.
This is a generalized list to save space, but we wanted to let people know that just because DACA 2.0 is going to be delayed for a bit is no reason to give up on the process.
This ruling out of South Texas is just wrong, and we believe it will be corrected on appeal. It’s an activist judge (ironically, something that Republicans like to complain about) ignoring 200 years of precedent. Sometimes judges make bad rulings for political reasons, but we have faith in the system to (eventually) correct itself.