Under a federal court order, the federal government announced Saturday night that it has resumed accepting renewal requests for the DACA program.
The Trump administration announced in September that it would eliminate DACA, which protects people who were illegally brought to the United States as children - so-called Dreamers - from being deported.
The immigration office said that deferments under DACA do not confer legal residency but gives prosecutors discretion on enforcing immigration laws.
Former DACA recipients whose grant expired before that date cannot request a renewal, but they can file a new request, the agency said.
"If you previously received DACA and your DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016, you may still file your DACA request as a renewal request", the agency said on its website.
"I walked out there [Tuesday] believing that we could come to some kind agreement, and then [Thursday] it blew up again", Heitkamp said. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who presented a compromise that included using the 50,000 visas from the current lottery to extend protection to illegal immigrants from countries such as Haiti and El Salvador. No new applications will be accepted.
Still, he said, "it's a good sign and maybe recipients can file and renew immediately before any appeal or new law".
"It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and nearly always wins before being reversed by higher courts", the President tweeted on Wednesday. Ex-Volkswagen exec gets 7 years for emissions cheating California AG on Trump EPA: "It's nearly as if they believe they're above the law" Sanctuary city policies are ruining California - here's why I left MORE and other state attorneys general.
The decision comes four days after a federal judge, in a nod to pending lawsuits, temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end the program.