Judge: Trump Administration Must Restore DACA

By Kevin Deutsch
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com

A federal judge Friday ordered the Trump administration to resume accepting applications for  DACA — the Obama-era program that protected thousands of Bronx residents from deportation.

New York federal court Judge Nicholas Garaufis’ order says the Department of Homeland Security must announce by Monday that it will resume approval of applications for DACA slots and work permits, which ceased in 2017.

DACA was created to grant legal status to applicants who have lived in the U.S. since 2007, and were brought here as children under 16.

Friday’s order follows a November ruling by Garaufis, which said Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf ascended to his position unlawfully, and thus lacked the authority to suspend DACA.

”DHS is DIRECTED to post a public notice, within 3 calendar days of this Order, to be displayed prominently on its website and on the websites of all other relevant agencies, that it is accepting first-time requests for consideration of deferred action under DACA, renewal requests, and advance parole requests, based on the terms of the DACA program prior to September 5, 2017,” Garaufis wrote in Friday’s order.

About Kevin Deutsch 259 Articles
Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.