President Joseph R. Biden moved today to preserve and fortify the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, directing the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, to "take all actions he deems appropriate, consistent with applicable law, to preserve and fortify DACA." The action, embodied in a Presidential Memorandum was one of six migration-related actions taken by the new president on his first day in office.
DACA temporarily protects those undocumented persons who apply for and are granted DACA status from removal, providing them with work permits (Employment Authorization Document or EAD) and in some cases, travel permits (Advance Parole). Without DACA, they are at immediate risk of deportation.
USCIS will now accept new DACA applications, renew current applications, and grant EADs and Advance Parole to those eligible. However, litigation is pending in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that could put a halt to the program.