DACA was a memorandum authored by the Obama Administration on June 15, 2012. It was implemented by the Secretary of the Department Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and directs U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to practice prosecutorial discretion towards some individuals who immigrated illegally to the United States as children.
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A deferred action status is granted to eligible immigrants in two-year increments. As a result, later this year, immigrants who received deferred action are going to need to renew their status. Due to the anticipated processing delays, USCIS encourages renewal applicants to file their applications as early as 150 days before the expiration date of their current status (ideally, at least 120 days prior to the DACA expiration date), to ensure that their renewal request is processed before the expiration of their DACA status. However, renewal applicants are advised not to file their applications more than 150 days prior to the expiration of their DACA status.