Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Two DACA Developments

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration must resume a program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation but gave it 90 days to restate its arguments before his order takes effect.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates in Washington, if it survives the 90-day reprieve, would be a new setback for the administration because it would require the administration to accept requests from first-time applicants for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Two nationwide injunctions earlier this year applied only to renewal requests.
Bates said the administration's decision to end DACA, announced in September, relied on "meager legal reasoning." He invited the Department of Homeland Security to try again, "this time providing a fuller explanation for the determination that the program lacks statutory and constitutional authority." ...
It's not specified in the above article whether this case is one in which UC is participating.

UPDATE 4-26-18: It appears that UC is involved in this lawsuit:
From email circulated yesterday:
Dear UCLA Staff and Faculty,
I am pleased to share that the UCLA Advisory Council on Immigration Policy is sponsoring a FREE legal services workshop for current UCLA employees and immediate family members who have questions about their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) cases, and/or need assistance with renewal of employment authorization.
The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. on campus. Free attorneys and immigration legal aid providers will be available for individual intakes and private consultations with UCLA employees or their immediate family members who have DACA, TPS, or DED to assess potential immigration options. Assistance with DACA renewal applications as well as TPS and DED re-registration applications will be available. RSVP online to attend the event.
We recognize that there are many valued employees who may have questions and concerns due to numerous immigration-related proposals and policy changes that have triggered anxiety, confusion, and fear. These policy changes include ending the DACA program and terminating TPS for many countries. Some people with TPS may be eligible to adjust to a more permanent status before TPS expires for their country. The current expiration dates and deadlines for renewals for various countries with TPS can be found on the National Immigration Forum’s Fact Sheet: Temporary Status.
Please also know that there are other on-campus resources to support you. One resource is the confidential UCLA Staff and Faculty Counseling Center, which is available free of charge. If you are a student, you or immediate family members can make an appointment anytime with the Undocumented Student Program and the UC Immigration Legal Service Center at the Bruin Resource Center instead of attending this workshop.
We encourage you to share information about this event with friends and colleagues who are UCLA staff and might benefit from attending this workshop.
Abel Valenzuela Jr.
Professor and Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Immigration Policy

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