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USCIS implements DHS guidance to reject, restrict, and shorten DACA program

  1. Original Date Announced

    August 21, 2020

    In response to Acting Secretary Wolf's July 28, 2020 Memorandum on reconsideration of the 2012 DACA memo, USCIS's Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow released additional guidance on how to implement Wolf's directives. The guidance directs USCIS personnel to reject all initial DACA requests and associated EAD applications, limit deferred action grants to 1 year, and reject all advance parole applications, among other matters. [ID# 1029]

    USCIS Guidance Implementing the Wolf DACA Memo
  2. Effective Date

    August 21, 2020

Current Status

Not in effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Trump Administration Actions: Agency Directive Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Enforcement DACA
Agencies Affected: CBP ICE USCIS

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • June 15, 2012

    DHS Secretary Napolitano issued a memo announcing the creation of DACA on June 15, 2012.

    2012.06.15 Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children
  • July 28, 2020

    Rather than reinstating DACA following the Supreme Court’s order, DHS issued a new memo signed by Undersecretary of Homeland Security for Strategy, Policy, and Plans Chad Wolf in his role as Acting Secretary: “I have concluded that the DACA policy, at a minimum, presents serious policy concerns that may warrant its full rescission.” Wolf directed “DHS personnel to take all appropriate actions to reject all pending and future initial requests for DACA,” and limited DACA beneficiaries may to one-year renewals rather than two.

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