Get ready to see a major immigration issue in the news. The Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision on President Obama’s DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Citizens and Residents) program, as well as the expansion of the DACA program, in the next 10 days. President Obama originally announced the programs at issue on November 20, 2014. In February of 2015, a Texas Federal Judge granted a request for a temporary injunction against the implementation of DAPA. The full text of the ruling can be found here. Basically, the Texas judge agreed with the twenty-six states that sued to prevent the federal government from implementing DAPA. In light of that ruling, the Department of Homeland Security delayed implementation of DAPA. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Texas court’s injunction.
- See our prior blogs here, here and here for additional details and analysis of the DAPA program, the DACA expansion, and this case.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in this case in early May. The court appeared to be split on the issue of whether the states had the right to sue over this program in the first place. Stay tuned to our blog to find out what the Supreme Court decides. If you or a loved one may qualify for DAPA, you can contact one of the attorneys at Minsky, McCormick and Hallagan, P.C. here to learn what you can do to prepare.