Federal judge restores DACA, orders DHS to accept first-time applications from immigrants who arrived in US as children

A federal judge on Friday ordered the administration of outgoing president Donald Trump to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which offers undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children an opportunity to petition for protection from deportation.

U.S. Judge Nicholas Garaufis ordered the Trump administration to fully restore DACA, and instructed DHS to open the Obama-era program to new applicants for the first time since 2017.