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DACA Program Fully Reinstated!

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On December 04, 2020, a U.S. District Court in the state of New York ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to fully reinstate the DACA Program. The order, which was effective immediately, requires DHS to start accepting new initial DACA applications, issue work permits with a validity period of two years, and allow DACA recipients to apply for Advance Parole. The order effectively directs DHS to adhere to the terms...
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DACA continues! Supreme Court holds Trump Administration termination of DACA is unlawful

DACA continues! Supreme Court holds Trump Administration termination of DACA is unlawful
On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, et. al. In a 5 to 4 decision, Chief Justice Roberts delivered the majority opinion of the Court, holding that when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September 2017, it failed to consider all relevant...
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DACA Update – Supreme Court to Review Challenges to Termination of DACA Program

DACA Update – Supreme Court to Review Challenges to Termination of DACA Program
On September 05, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it would terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Now, nearly two years later, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the legal challenges to the program. The Supreme Court will hear arguments from parties from both sides of the issue on November 12, 2019. Which means a decision on the case is expected no later than June 2020....
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Fate of DACA Still Unclear

Fate of DACA Still Unclear
When the Trump administration announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would be terminated, they directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reject all initial applications received after September 05, 2017, and reject all renewal applications filed after October 05, 2017. We now find ourselves over a year later and the overall fate of the DACA program remains unclear. Previous DACA recipients may still continue to...
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What is happening with DACA? Where we are, and we where we could be heading…

What is happening with DACA? Where we are, and we where we could be heading…
It has been almost one year since U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions announced that the government was terminating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program which offers work permits and deportation relief to undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. However, thanks to multiple lawsuits filed in Federal Courts across the country, challenging the legality of the termination of DACA, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has continued...
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Submit DACA Renewal Applications Now

Submit DACA Renewal Applications Now
Due to a Federal Court Order directing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to resume accepting renewal applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), individuals currently holding DACA and people whose DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016 are encouraged to submit DACA renewal applications to USCIS immediately. It is widely known that on September 5, 2017, President Trump terminated the DACA Program. (See DHS Rescinds the DACA Program)....
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Federal Judge orders DHS to resume processing DACA renewal applications for all current and prior DACA recipients

Federal Judge orders DHS to resume processing DACA renewal applications for all current and prior DACA recipients
On January 9, 2018, Federal Court Judge William Alsup from the Federal District Court in San Francisco, California ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to resume processing applications for renewal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) while an on-going legal challenge to the Trump Administration’s rescission of the DACA program is resolved. Judge Alsup’s order applies nationwide to all current/prior DACA holders. In June 2012, the Obama Administration announced...
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Unofficial reports that President Trump will end DACA program in 6 months

Unofficial reports that President Trump will end DACA program in 6 months
On Sunday, September 03, 2017, Politico.com reported that the White House has “unofficially confirmed” that the Trump Administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, with a six-month delay. As of today, it is unclear whether this reported decision to end the DACA program is confirmed. ' Also unclear is the timeline and terms for termination of the program. Another major open question is whether those with DACA...
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Uncertainty for DACA Increases, as Potential Legal Challenges Loom

Uncertainty for DACA Increases, as Potential Legal Challenges Loom
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a policy implemented by an Obama Executive Order in 2012 that protects young undocumented immigrants, is in the news again as both supporters and those in opposition to the program push the Trump Administration to make a decision about DACA’s future. Ten state Attorneys General, led Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, sent a letter on June 29, 2017 to U.S. Attorney General Jeff...
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David Kolko featured in Law Week Colorado

David Kolko featured in Law Week Colorado
This week, Managing Partner David Kolko was featured in Law Week Colorado to provide insight into the potential changes we might see in the field of immigration law under a Trump Administration. In Tony Flesor’s Law Week Colorado article, “Election Reactions,”  Mr. Kolko states: “it’s not clear exactly what changes Donald Trump might execute when he becomes president. What is clear is the president has authority over immigration enforcement in the...
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DACA 3-Year Approvals Reduced to 2 Years

DACA 3-Year Approvals Reduced to 2 Years
In the wake of the pending litigation and injunction in Texas regarding the new deferred action programs for students and parents, a federal judge has ordered USCIS to be in full compliance of an injunction he previously issued. There are thought to be approximately 2,000 employment authorization documents (EAD’s) circulating that are not in compliance. Over the past several weeks, USCIS has been sending notices to DACA recipients who are affected....
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USCIS Releases Guidance on Expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that allows individuals who were brought to the United States when they were under age 16, to apply for Deferred Action and Employment Authorization if they had resided in the United States for at least 5 years, were enrolled in school in the United States or had graduated from school, did not have any serious...
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Expanded DACA Applications Available February 18, 2015

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced that applications for the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be available starting February 18, 2015. On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration initially announced DACA as a program to benefit a group commonly referred to as the “DREAMERs” - children who were brought to the United States at a young age and grew up in this country but...
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Obama Administration Announces New Guidelines to Expand DACA Program

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a range of executive measures that the administration will take to improve the functioning of the United States immigration system. As a part of these measures, the administration is changing the eligibility requirements for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to increase the number of individuals who are eligible to apply. DACA was first announced on June 15, 2012 as an administrative...
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DACA Renewals Begin

USCIS announced the renewal program for those who have received deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program, which began in 2012. USCIS is prepared to accept DACA renewals immediately. To renew, a requestor must continue to be eligible for the program and have not committed any disqualifying crimes. Any new evidence should also be submitted but requestors will not, in most cases, need to send in evidence...
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Colorado Drivers Licenses, Instruction Permits and Identification Cards for Undocumented Individuals Residing in Colorado

Starting August 1, 2014, pursuant to the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act (CRCSA) (SB13-251), Colorado residents who are in the United States without lawful immigration status will be eligible to receive a Colorado Driver’s License, Instruction Permit or State Identification Card.   In order to receive a Colorado Driver’s License, Instruction Permit or Identification Card under CRCSA, all Applicants must:1) Present a valid passport, consular identification card, or military identification...
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DACA Renewals to Begin Soon

Contributed by Elia Antillon, Administrative Staff USCIS is actively preparing for the DACA renewal process and anticipates announcing a new dual-use Form I-821D in late May 2014, for both original and renewal requests. Recipients must wait until USCIS publishes the new form before submitting their renewal requests.  Recipients should submit DACA renewal applications approximately 120 days before their current expiration date. Requests made 150 days or earlier prior to expiration date...
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USCIS Releases DACA Statistics

USCIS released its first quarterly report for Fiscal Year 2014 on statistics for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The numbers demonstrate not only the need for immigration reform laws, but also the need for interim relief for otherwise law-abiding undocumented people currently present in the United States. Through December 31, 2014, a total of 610,694 requests for DACA were accepted by USCIS at their lockbox facility. Of those,...
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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Announced by the Obama Administration June 2012

Kolko & Associates, P.C., is pleased to report the expansion of a critical immigration program to benefit certain people that entered the United States as young children. The program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”), was announced by the Secretary of Homeland Security on June 15, 2012 and the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) began accepting DACA applications on August 15, 2012. DACA is a discretionary determination by the...
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