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Report: DHS Accepting DACA Renewals for Now

Report: DHS Accepting DACA Renewals for Now
(Diego G. Diaz/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 07 March 2018 06:51 PM

Dreamers are safe for now, The Washington Times reported.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton said Wednesday the agency is sticking by two court orders, and is accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the news outlet reported.

Protection for tens of thousands of DACA recipients were set to expire over the next few months, The Washington Times reported.

"DHS has repeatedly stated that, absent additional negative factors, DACA recipients are not a priority or target group for arrest or removal," Houlton said, adding: "An individual who is a current DACA recipient, or who was a previous DACA recipient but has filed for renewal, will not be targeted for arrest, nor will be removed from the United States while the individual has DACA protections or while the DACA renewal request is pending."

That will not apply if the person has a criminal record, the department said.

Two federal judges have ruled the Trump administration cannot begin deporting so-called Dreamers while courts weigh legal challenges over ending the program.

More than 800,000 people have been protected by the program, but as of Jan. 31 there were 683,000 people with current protections, The Washington Times reported. The others either let their status lapse, gained another more permanent status, or — in the case of more than 2,000 — were kicked off the program because of criminal or other suspect behavior.

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The Department of Homeland Security is honoring recent court decisions on Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals and is accepting renewal applications for now, according to The Washington Times.
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