The New York Times is reporting nearly 100 applications to renew DACA were delayed by the United States Post Office and eventually denied by the federal government because they were received after the October 5th deadline.
Those applicants were subsequently told by the USCIS there was nothing that could be done.
On Wednesday the feds had a change of heart and announced DACA applicants who could prove their applications were delayed because of a post office issue could indeed resubmit their applications, according to the article.
DACA was a program started by former President Barack Obama and granted protection from deportation for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as young children and allowed them to work legally in the country.
Many of the rejected applications stemmed from a post office issue in the Chicago area. The New York Times report states that at least 74 applications were rejected as a result of mail issues in Chicago.
In New York there was a separate issue. According to the NYT, 18 applications arrived at a USCIS processing on October 5th but weren’t accepted by the facility until the following day and subsequently rejected.
The USCIS also announced they will be reaching out to those applicants and allow them to also submit their applications again, according to the newspaper.
The DACA program was ended on September 5, 2017. Certain qualifying DACA recipients had the opportunity to renew their benefits one last time before October 5th.
President Donald Trump also gave Congress a deadline of March 5th 2018 to create a law to protect these young undocumented immigrants permanently. If a law isn’t created, DACA recipients will begin to lose their benefits as of that day.
Most recently Trump has said he wants a permanent DACA solution to include an end to what he calls chain migration. Chain migration is being used as a term to describe family based immigration where U.S. citizens and green card holders can sponsor relatives to come into the country legally.
Congressional leaders have also indicated that a fix will not come until early 2018.