YESTERDAY’S APPELLATE COURT DECISION ON DACA. What does it mean for DACA-recipients?
Yesterday the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Maryland told the Trump Administration it acted without legal basis when it sought to closed down DACA. The Court found the Administration’s closing of the DACA program “arbitrary and capricious”. The government failed to "give a reasoned explanation for the change in policy, particularly given the significant interests involved” states the opinion.
To read the decision: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/17/politics/fourth-circuit-daca/index.html.
Here’s a summary of where DACA stands now and where things go from here:
The Fight over DACA and today’s Decision.
On September 5, 2017, Donald Trump announced the rescission of the DACA program. Those who have DACA status were to begin to lose their status on March 5, 2018, but a San Francisco District Court judge ordered the government to continue renewals. While that case was pending, two other federal judges issued similar injunctions against Trump.
Last year, the Administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to expedite its review of these rulings but the Supreme Court refused. In the meantime, the San Francisco judge’s decision was appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where the Administration lost.
Yesterday, another Circuit Court – the Fourth Circuit Court in Maryland -- ruled in favor of the DACA recipients and against the Trump Administration by a 2-1 vote.
What does this mean for DACA?
This decision means does not have an immediate effect on the current state of DACA, except that it further frustrates Trump’s efforts to close it down.
The Supreme Court did not consider this case during the current term, which means that the earliest it would hear arguments on the DACA law is next fall. It is therefore unlikely a decision by the Supreme Court would be issued until next summer, during the 2020 Presidential campaign.
For now, persons who already have DACA can continue filing renewals. We recommend that applicants do so 150 days before their DACA expires.
Unfortunately, new applicants are still not eligible.
CHRISTOPHER A. KEROSKY is a partner with Wilson Purves in the law firm of KEROSKY PURVES & BOGUE, with offices located in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Ukiah, Napa, Walnut Creek, San Jose and Sacramento. Mr. Kerosky has been an attorney licensed to practice law in California for 25 years. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law and a former trial lawyer for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. For 10 years, he has been honored as one of Northern California’s top lawyers by San Francisco Magazine, “Super Lawyers” edition. Mr. Kerosky speaks English, Spanish and Polish and has also working knowledge of Russian.
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