District Court Partially Stays Original Order for Full Restoration of DACA

August 17, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order that partially stays its original order as to new DACA applications and applications for advance parole, but not as to renewal applications. (NAACP v. Trump, 8/17/18)


August 3, 2018

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration must fully restore the DACA program but delayed the order until August 23, 2018, to allow the government to respond and appeal. In the decision, the court stated, “The Court therefore reaffirms its conclusion that DACA’s rescission was unlawful and must be set aside.” The court also denied the government’s motion to reconsider, stating that “The Court has already once given DHS the opportunity to remedy these deficiencies—either by providing a coherent explanation of its legal opinion or by reissuing its decision for bona fide policy reasons that would preclude judicial review—so it will not do so again.” Additionally, the court states that it does not hold that DHS lacks the statutory or constitutional authority to rescind the DACA program, but rather that “if DHS wishes to rescind the program—or to take any other action, for that matter—it must give a rational explanation for its decision.” (NAACP v. Trump, 8/3/18)


June 27, 2018

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates extend the 90-day stay for the government to try and terminate DACA again in a legally sound manner, indefinitely. (NAACP v. Trump, 6/27/18)

For more information, including upcoming key dates and other potential developments, please visit the National Immigration Law Center’s DACA Litigation Timeline and CLINIC’s Reminder that Upcoming Court Decisions Could Impact DACA.


June 22, 2018

On June 22, 2018, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen issued a new memorandum, in response to the court's request for a more elaborate explanation for rescinding DACA, concurring with and declining to disturb the government's September 5, 2017 memorandum that rescinded the DACA program and purporting to offer further explanation for DHS' decision to rescind DACA.


April 24, 2018

The district court judge issued an order vacating the decision to rescind DACA, requiring DHS to accept and process both new and renewal DACA applications. The court stayed its order of vacatur for 90 days to allow DHS an opportunity to better explain its rescission decision. (NAACP v. Trump, 4/24/18)


September 18, 2017

The NAACP filed a lawsuit challenging the rescission of the DACA program, asking the district court to enjoin the rescission of DACA and the use of information obtained in DACA applications for immigration enforcement purposes. (NAACP v. Trump, 9/18/17)

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 17091933.