US undocumented migrants protected as courtroom reinstates coverage


Washington, December 5

Reversing the decision of the outgoing Trump administration, a US federal court has ordered full reinstatement of an Obama-era programme that protects undocumented immigrants brought to the country as minors from deportation, a ruling that will help a large number of Indian migrants.

Saving ‘Dreamers’

  • The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows some individuals with unlawful presence to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation
  • Immigrants, who were brought to the US as children, can then become eligible for work permit
  • Recipients are often referred to as ‘Dreamers’
  • To be eligible for the programme, recipients cannot have felonies or serious misdemeanours on their records
  • The Trump administration tried ending the Obama-era programme in 2017

The Trump administration tried ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2017, but the US Supreme Court blocked the attempt in June.

On Friday, US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in the Eastern District of New York directed the Department of Homeland Security to extend renewals to DACA recipients by two years and start accepting applications from first-time applicants from Monday.

6.4 lakh immigrants enrolled in DACA programme

6.3 lakh undocumented Indians

2,550 active Indian DACA recipients

This means first time since September 2017, new applicants who were not previously eligible may now apply for the programme that shield undocumented immigrants, who came to the US as children, from deportation.

“The court believes these additional remedies are reasonable. Indeed, the government has assured the court that a public notice along the lines described is forthcoming,” Judge Garaufis said in his order.

There are currently at least 4,300 active South Asian DACA recipients. As of August 2018, there are over 2,550 active Indian DACA recipients. Only 13 per cent of the overall 20,000 DACA eligible Indians

have applied and received DACA, the SAALT said.

There are 1,300 active Pakistani DACA recipients, 470 Bangladeshi, 120 Sri Lankan, and 60 Nepali, it said.

The Trump administration can now appeal to a federal appeals court or go to the Supreme Court for temporary relief from the enforcement of the judge’s order. — PTI



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