On Wednesday, the Republican Main Street Caucus, a group of 76 members committed to pragmatic, conservative governing, agreed to key principles they would like to see included in legislative solutions addressing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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.
That's even though a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to restart the program that it canceled a year ago.
"Hello my people just got the news that USCIS will be accepting DACA applications starting now".
DACA has protected about 800,000 people, many of them college-age students.
"This week, President Trump provided leadership on a hard issue that our nation has faced for decades and Main Street members want to help the president address our broken immigration system", said U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Chairman of the Republican Main Street Caucus.More news: Germany to keep seeking full implementation of Iran deal - spokeswoman
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That number will soar to over 1,000 a day after March 5, when the program was set to begin being phased out, with all permits expiring by the end of September 30, 2019.
The cost to file a renewal application will be the same as before, $495.
The Trump administration announced in September that it would eliminate DACA, which protects people who were illegally brought to the United States as children - so-called Dreamers - from being deported. Those accepted for the program received permits to work legally in the USA for two years, which could be renewed for additional 2-year periods. That suit challenges the decision to end the program.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra praised the ruling.