In September, the Trump administration announced an end to DACA, a program for youth immigrants in America. DACA recipients had until October 5th (one month) to renew their temporary status, protecting them from deportation. Now, roughly 35 of these applications have been rejected due to delays in Postal Service in New York. Similarly, in Chicago, there have been at least 21 incidents documented where DACA applications were denied due to the same Postal Delays. This does not include the 22,000 plus DACA recipients who have already lost their protections. Many individuals lost their status because they did not hear about the abrupt deadlines or, were unable to come up with the $500 it costs to reapply.
"Presumption of mailing" is a legal standard that provides that when a letter has been addressed correctly, it can be assumed that it was delivered properly. This means, after the letters were sent, there was not anything DACA recipients could have done. The government's stance on delayed DACA renewals is ridiculous, as it was a delay in Postal delivery rather than an error on the applicants end of things. This administration is proving to be cruel and unpredictable.