Brett Samuels and Morgan Chalfant, The Hill, July 28, 2020
The Trump administration is set to announce Tuesday that it will undertake a review of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that will allow Dreamers to renew their protections for a year.
The White House laid out details about the plan during a call with reporters on Tuesday afternoon. A source familiar with the plans said the review is expected to take roughly 100 days.
The presidential election is 98 days away, giving President Trump cover to punt on an issue that can be politically divisive.
The review is intended to ensure that the legal justifications for rescinding DACA comply with the Administration Procedures Act, the source said.
The Supreme Court last month rejected Trump’s first attempt to rescind DACA, saying the administration did not comply with the act and failed to provide adequate justification for ending the program.
The president said after the Supreme Court decision he would refile paperwork to end the program. He was initially expected to do so earlier this month.
The administration will not accept new DACA applications while the review takes place, but Dreamers whose protections are set to expire will be able to renew their status for one year.
A federal judge ruled last week that the administration must resume accepting applications for DACA following the Supreme Court decision. The official indicated Tuesday that new applications will be rejected, however, though they struggled to explain how the administration would defy the judge’s order.