December 7, 2020
A federal judge reinstated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to work and study in the country.
The decision by the Eastern District of New York court reverses restrictions the Trump administration placed on the program as part of its efforts to end it.
Higher education groups have said eliminating DACA would damage the sector’s reputation.
The Supreme Court ruled in June that the Trump administration failed to provide proper justification for ending the program. But the court left an opening for the administration to try again.
A month later, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf issued a memo saying the department was scaling back the program while it decided how to respond to the ruling. That included rejecting new requests for DACA and cutting the renewal period for existing protections from two years to one.