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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Home

A guide designed to provide general information and links to resources about DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals maintained by reference librarians at the ASU College of Law.

DACA INJUNCTION - January 2018


April 24, 2018: Federal Judge John D. Bates of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that DACA protections must stay in place and that the government must resume accepting new applications. The judge stayed his decision for 90 days and gave the Department of Homeland Security, which administers the program, the opportunity to better explain its reasoning for canceling it. If the department fails to do so, it “must accept and process new as well as renewal DACA applications,” Judge Bates said in the decision

February 2018: Supreme Court's Response to Trump Administration's Request to Review Lower Court Order
On February 26, 2018, the Supreme Court declined to hear the Trump administration's request for it to review the lower court order that the administration must continue to accept DACA applications, so the Supreme Court will allow the Ninth Appeals Court to review the ruling. Read the Supreme Court's response here.

USCIS Response to Injunction
On January 13, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that due to the federal court order, it has "resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA."  Additionally, it stated that "DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017." 

Read the updated USCIS statement on DACA here.

On January 9, 2018, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, issued a national injunction ordering the Trump administration to re-start the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Judge Alsup wrote that the administration must “maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis” as the legal challenge (led by Janet Napolitano in her official capacity as President of the University of California system) to President Trump's decision to halt the program goes forward in the courts.

Read Judge Alsup's order here.



DACA History
     Establishment of DACA 
     Rescission of DACA

Know Your Rights and Get Help
     Arizona State University Resources for             Students 
     Local Entities and Agencies Offering                DACA Assistance
     Educational Resources 
     Immigration Advocacy Groups


This guide is designed to provide general information and links to resources about DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. 


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a kind of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. The program expires after two years, subject to renewal.

Initial DACA Applicants – No new initial applications are being accepted at this time.

Renewal DACA Applicants – For those who need a DACA renewal (as in their DACA is expiring before March 6, 2018), all renewal applications are due to USCIS no later than October 5, 2017.


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