Final Rule: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
On September 27, 2021, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking to preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, echoing the "preserving and fortifying" language of President Biden's DACA-centered Executive Order on January 20, 2021.
On November 18, 2021, President Biddy Martin submitted a public comment in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in response to DHS's Proposed Rule.
On August 24, 2022, DHS announced the final rule (to be published August 30, 2022) to codify the DACA 2012 policy into regulation. In this final rule, the name, eligibility criteria, application process, and cost remain the same as the current DACA program. While the proposed rule included a decoupling of protection from deportation and work permits, the final rule does not. Importantly, the freeze on the processing of initial applications is still active by court order—the new rule does not open applications to new applicants. The regulation goes into effect starting October 31, 2022. For more information, visit DACA Final Rule: What You Need to Know.