California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that, as a result of the court order secured by California, more than 373,000 Dreamers have had their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal requests granted since January 2018, despite the federal government’s efforts to rescind the policy. With these renewals, these individuals receive protection against immigration action for removal and are allowed to work in the United States for another two years. The data on DACA renewals are published as part of a quarterly report the federal government is required to file pursuant to the preliminary injunction that California secured to preserve the program.
“Dreamers are an integral part of our nation — when they succeed, we all succeed,” said Attorney General Becerra. “As a result of our successful efforts in the courtroom, Dreamers continue to shine in the United States, contributing to their families and communities.”
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is required to report quarterly data on the number of DACA applications that have been renewed or await decision as a result of the nationwide preliminary injunction Attorney General Becerra secured in January 2018. The federal government’s updated statistics revealed that nearly 100,000 Dreamers had their renewals approved in the most recent quarter.
Attorney General Becerra remains committed to protecting the rights of immigrants in California and around the country. Earlier this year alone, Attorney General Becerra led a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s contrived declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, released a first-of-its-kind report on immigration detention facilities in California, led a multistate amicus brief challenging the Trump Administration’s “Turnback Policy,” and co-led a multistate effort before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to defend hundreds of thousands of people who hold Temporary Protected Status.
This article was released by the California Attorney General’s Office.