DACA Supreme Court Case Summary & Practice Update

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On July 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a memorandum instructing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to: 1) reject all initial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) requests from applicants who have not received DACA in the past; 2) reject all advance parole applications from DACA recipients except where there are “exceptional circumstances;” and 3) shorten the DACA renewal and work authorization period from two years to one year. This Memorandum was followed by USCIS additional guidance on August 21, 2020. 

In this practice update, we provide background on DHS’ memorandum and USCIS’ Implementing Guidance, what this means moving forward, what advocates can do now, and other takeaways from this announcement.