As reported in a prior update, on Nov. 1, 2017, Bucknell joined 49 other colleges, universities and community colleges in submitting an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California supporting the California Attorney General’s opposition to the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On Jan. 9, that Court issued an injunction with nationwide effect requiring the government to temporarily reinstate significant portions of the DACA program.
The White House has indicated that it will file an appeal directly with the U.S. Supreme Court. As of now, however, the Department of Homeland Security is required to process DACA renewals. In doing so, however, it may apply individualized criteria that could still result in a denial of status in a given case. The injunction does not require the Department to process new DACA applications or to grant advance parole (i.e. travel documentation) to DACA recipients.
There are three additional DACA-related cases proceeding through the courts in New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C. We will continue to monitor these cases and provide updates regarding significant developments.