Federal judge blocks Trump's attempt to let DACA expire for current recipients

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Here's what to know about how a federal judge's decision over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will affect and negotiations in Congress.

The Trump administration has resumed receiving renewal applications for individuals eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services posted on its website that the federal agency had begun accepting renewals until "further notice". A preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Tuesday meant the move was expected, but when the application process would resume was unknown.

Pratheepan Gulasekaram, a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, said that while the announcement was welcome news for DACA recipients, much uncertainty remains. "Like the president's meeting with congressional leaders demonstrated, there are many different ideas on how we get there, but our members are committed to working with leadership to fix the problem - beginning with a solution that includes DACA, increased border security, and reducing the backlog in our immigration courts".

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"Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017", the update said.

USCIS said it was not accepting requests from those who had never been given deferred action under DACA. If someone's DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016, that person may file a renewal request, the agency says; people who received DACA that expired before then can file a new DACA request.

Still, he said, "it's a good sign and maybe recipients can file and renew immediately before any appeal or new law". Check back to Caller.com for updates.

This is a developing story.

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