President Joe Biden’s administration admits in court filings that illegal aliens were mistakenly approved for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in violation of a court order that deemed the program illegal.
On July 16, Judge Andrew Hanen ordered the Biden administration to effectively shut down the DACA program by blocking the federal government from allowing new applicants, illegal aliens who have not previously been enrolled, onto the program’s rolls.
In a court filing, first reported by the Washington Times‘ Stephen Dinan, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Tracy Renaud admitted that in violation of the court order, the agency mistakenly approved nine illegal aliens for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and collected biometric data from 52 illegal aliens seeking enrollment.
The court filing, signed by Renaud, states:
On July 16, 2021, USCIS sent guidance to DACA adjudicators to cease granting initial DACA requests and related work authorization requests, as well as to cease scheduling biometrics appointments for initial DACA requestors. [Emphasis added]
Despite the messaging campaign, most of the scheduled requestors arrived at the [Application Support Centers] for the appointments throughout the week of July 19. USCIS provided the contractor that operates the 131 [Application Support Centers] across the U.S. and its territories with a list of all initial DACA requestors with instructions not to collect biometrics from these requestors. However, as of July 26th, approximately 52 initial DACA requestors had biometrics collected throughout the week. USCIS determined that in each case, the cause was human error. USCIS is continuously reinforcing communications with the vendor to ensure that no further initial DACA requestors are processed for biometrics. Initial DACA requests for individuals who had biometrics collected despite the cancellation of their appointments, will not move forward with adjudication. [Emphasis added]
On Monday, July 19, 2021 USCIS identified nine initial DACA cases that were acted upon between Saturday, July 17 and Monday, July 19. USCIS was able to immediately intervene in one case before any notice was issued to the requestor, and has taken the following remedial steps to address the eight remaining cases, and further safeguard against any additional errors: [Emphasis added]
Renaud writes that “USCIS was able to prevent all related [employment authorization] cards from being mailed for the DACA initial requests acted on after July 16, 2021.”