Back in October, young immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program were wrongly denied renewal of their temporary work permits due to mail delays that made their applications arrive late. Some delays occurred when the U.S. Postal Service failed to deliver application packets for weeks. Similarly, some applications made it to mail processing centers in a timely fashion, but still ended up late due to problems with couriers. Now, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the mail delay affected a total of 1,900 DACA participants. Immigration officials also may have hampered the application process by using a “received by” deadline for the applications, rather than a postmark deadline, which is what the agency typically uses in cases like these. With the DACA program set to expire on March 5, 2018, these participants are scrambling to get their applications in due to the government’s error. Even worse, those immigrants who lost their work permits – and their jobs – as a result of this error are at risk of being placed in deportation proceedings while their renewal applications are pending, primarily because USCIS will not expedite the applications. Furthermore, while the individuals have 33 days in which to submit their forms, USCIS will not temporarily renew their work permits pending the approval of their applications, or even make the work permits retroactive when granted. As a practical matter, it could take months before USCIS processes all of these DACA renewal applications. Initially, USCIS claimed that only a small number of people were affected by the mail delay and that they would take no steps to remedy the situation. The agency reversed its initial stance, however, when elected officials began to complain and the much larger number of immigrants affected came to light. When you or a loved one are detained and face deportation for any reason, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. is here to help. We care about you, your family, and your ability to remain in the U.S. As a result, our California deportation defense lawyers stand ready to build the strongest possible deportation defense case on your behalf. Contact your Oakland immigration lawyer today and learn how we can advocate for you and your family in your deportation proceedings.