Federal Judge Strikes Down DACA Program

Despite Ruling Status of Current DACA Recipients is Unchanged

(San Francisco, CA)--A Texas federal judge ruled today against DACA recipients and has stated the DACA rule is unlawful. However, the status of current DACA recipients remains the same. For now, individuals with DACA will be able to submit applications for renewal, though initial DACA applications will not be processed. The decision, denounced by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) will likely be appealed to the Fifth Circuit and even appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Nothing has changed for DACA. DACA recipients can continue to renew their DACA applications. This decision extends the current injunction to the DACA rule,” ILRC Staff Attorney Veronica Garcia said. “As legal experts, we continue to urge Congress and President Biden to create permanent solutions for all immigrants to ensure none are left in the perilous road DACA has been on for the past decade,”

DACA recipients are urged to get a consultation about legal options they may have beyond DACA.

It is important to note that this decision will likely be appealed and DACA will remain in effect throughout the appeals process, which could take a significant amount of time.

The ILRC strongly recommends those in this position to find trusted legal services that may help them identify other potential pathways to legal relief by visiting ilrc.me/gethelp

For continued updates on DACA, visit ilrc.org/daca.


The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national nonprofit that works with immigrants, community organizations, legal professionals, and policy makers to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people. Through community education programs, legal training & technical assistance, and policy development & advocacy, the ILRC works to protect and defend the fundamental rights of immigrant families and communities.