The government of Donald Trump on Monday complied with a court order urging it to reactivate the DACA program for undocumented youth known as “dreamers”.
In compliance with the order, issued on Friday by Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published on its website a notice with the immediate consequences of the reactivation of the program, called Deferred Action or DACA.
“The DHS will comply with Judge Garaufis’ order as long as it remains in effect, but the DHS may seek relief from the order,” the department notes on the website.
In the notice, the DHS also announced that starting Monday it is accepting both new applications and two-year renewals of DACA, a program created during President Barack Obama’s term that allows undocumented youth who came to the United States as children to live and work legally without fear of deportation.
Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf approved a memo this summer rejecting new applications to the DACA program and reducing the extension to current beneficiaries from two years to one year.
Wolf approved this memo after the U.S. Supreme Court decided in June to keep the program in place, protecting nearly 650,000 undocumented youth from deportation and giving a huge setback to President Donald Trump.
The memorandum was soon met with lawsuits in court to revive DACA, which has been the subject of numerous lawsuits during Trump’s term in office.
Before his order to reactivate the program, Garaufis already decided in November that Wolf had taken office illegally, thus invalidating all provisions of the memorandum he signed this summer.
The judge further warned the Trump government that it could not create its own laws, and said that its attacks on this program were a “sad and inappropriate use of alleged executive authority to deny DACA beneficiaries and those who are eligible the ability to exercise their rights.