Immigration officials reject DACA applications because of postal department
According to the New York Times report, The applications to renew the status of dozens of DACA recipients were denied after they arrived past the deadline due to delays with the U.S. Postal Service,
The report further states, At least 33 DACA recipients in the New York region had their applications denied because the paperwork arrived after the Oct. 5 deadline, despite having sent it weeks in advance. The U.S. Postal Service admitted that there had been an “unintentional temporary mail processing delay in the Chicago area.” But U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials refused to accept the delayed applications.
A Spokesman for the agency told the New York Times “According to U.S.C.I.S. regulations, a request is considered received by U.S.C.I.S. as of the actual date of receipt at the location for filing such request “U.S.C.I.S. is not responsible for the mail service an individual chooses, or for delays on the part of mail service providers.”
Advocates told The Times that 41 people in Chicago had been impacted by the postal delays.
Representativww . Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) told the Times that applicants had sent their paperwork weeks ahead of the deadline, but it hadn’t arrived until after it passed.
Gutiérrez said in a statement “Because somebody else did not do their job correctly we are taking innocent young immigrants and making them deportable. That is unacceptable,”.The delays in processing the applications comes as DACA recipients are unsure of the future of the program.
Donald Trump announced in September that his administration would rescind the program but on a six-month delay, giving Congress the opportunity to pass legislation to extend it.