11,000 people renewed DACA in weeks after judge’s ruling

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HOUSTON (AP) – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said about 11,000 people renewed protections under a program shielding young immigrants from deportation in the weeks after a judge partially reopened it.

The agency released figures Wednesday for the three weeks after Jan. 10, the day after U.S. District Judge William Alsup ordered the government to resume accepting renewals under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Another 22,000 people filed for DACA after their previous permits had expired or been terminated. Those requests are still pending. As of Jan. 31, 683,000 people have DACA protection.

Alsup ruled Jan. 9 that the Trump administration failed to justify ending the program. Another judge issued a similar ruling in a separate case in February.

Those rulings have removed some urgency leading up to the administration’s March 5 deadline for the DACA program.

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