This week in immigration news – December 10, 2020

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DHS updates website to indicate DACA program has been restored

On Friday, a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website has been updated to reflect that they will now be accepting new applications, and that the renewal period—which the Trump administration had shortened to one year—will once again be two years. However, DHS has also hinted that it is possible that they will appeal the order.

Justice Department places new pressure on immigrants facing deportation

Some immigrants are being required to file a stay of deportation within five or six weeks. If they don’t, they are at risk of removal.

Immigration attorneys have decried this new move as an attempt to increase the number of people who are eligible for deportation.

Undocumented immigrants are half as likely to be arrested for violent crimes as US-born citizens

A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA shows that from 2012-2018, undocumented immigrants had lower felony arrest rates than U.S.-born citizens.

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