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Source: News 12 - Long Island
Subject: Immigration
Type: Media Coverage

‘It’s been a long fight’ – Make the Road New York applauds judge’s DACA ruling

Make the Road New York is celebrating a court battle win, with a federal judge ordering the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

DACA is a program designed to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.

Marcy Suarez, a youth organizer for the nonprofit that focuses on advocacy for the working class and immigrant communities, says she’s relieved that she doesn’t have to renew her DACA every year. In July, acting Homeland Security Chief Chad Wolf forced DACA recipients to renew once a year instead of every two years, as the program had worked previously.

DACA recipient Nelson Melgar says it was an uphill battle fighting the Trump administration, which attempted to end the program in September of 2017.

DACA was created by President Barack Obama in 2012, and over the years it has protected more than 800,000 individuals known as dreamers.

A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security criticized Friday’s order but said the department would comply with it pending an appeal.

The judge says the government must find a way to contact all immigrants who are eligible for the program to inform them of the change.

It must also announce the changes to the program on its website by Monday.