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U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez, left, and Cory Booker.

Menendez, Booker call for DHS to reinstate DACA protections

Supreme Court upheld program last month

By Nikita Biryukov, July 15 2020 12:35 pm

U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-North Bergen) and Cory Booker (D-Newark) and a host of others called on the Department of Homeland Security to reinstate protections created under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that blocked the Trump administration from shuttering the program.

“There is no indication that your agency has taken any steps to fully reinstate DACA protections, as the Court’s decision unequivocally requires,” the Senators wrote to DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. “We have not located a single statement by you or any other Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official notifying the public that your agency is complying with the Supreme Court’s decision.”

Instead of complying, the senators said, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services attacked the Supreme Court’s decision.

There’s been little indication that USCIS or other DHS agencies have moved to accommodate the decision.

“The Roberts decision requires your immediate compliance,” the senators said. “We await your prompt assurance that you will respect the Court’s decision and reopen DACA for all eligible applicants.”

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