"Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017", U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a part of DHS, wrote on its website Saturday.
USCIS said it was not accepting requests from those who had never been given deferred action under DACA. "So for those of you who have had DACA and need to renew it they will be accepting it", Yasser Sanchez, a Mesa immigration lawyer posted in a live Facebook video.
The announcement comes after a US judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a decision by President Donald Trump to end DACA later this year.
The agency said on Saturday that people who were previously granted deferred action under the program could request a renewal if it had expired on or after September 5, 2016.
The Department of Justice has indicated it will appeal the judge's decision, a move that could again put the program on hold.
But last week, a federal judge in San Francisco said the almost 690,000 DACA recipients must retain their work permits and their protection from deportation while a lawsuit moves forward.
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Scott Saiki, the Democratic speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives, declared on Facebook that "this can not happen again". He said Hawaii doesn't have fallout shelters, and even if there were any, residents probably wouldn't have time to reach them.
USCIS said young immigrants who have previously received DACA, and whose protections expired after the Trump administration announced the program's termination, may file renewal applications.
According to Shiori Akimoto, the DACA program coordinator at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, a Berkeley-based organization that offers legal services to immigrants and refugees, renewal applications for DACA can not be sent out until the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services responds to Alsup's ruling.
The program has protected undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported.
Akimoto said legislation like the DREAM Act would provide a more long-term solution than a program like DACA, which was created by an executive order, and that most DACA-eligible immigrants will qualify for the DREAM Act. Those accepted for the program received permits to work legally in the USA for two years, which could be renewed for additional 2-year periods.
A California federal judge temporarily prevented the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, on Tuesday.
Critics of the president's decision to end the policy sued the administration, saying that shutting down the program was arbitrary and done without following the proper legal procedures.