U.S. SUPREME COURT’S SPLIT DECISION MEANS NO DAPA AND EXPANDED DACA FOR NOW BUT 2012 DACA PROGRAM STILL IN EFFECT

By Raul Ray, Esq.

 

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a split decision on President Obama’s, November 20, 2014, executive actions on immigration that expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and created Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). The split decision upholds a Texas federal judge’s injunction against DAPA and Expanded DACA, and sends the case back to the lower federal court for a full hearing on the legality of the president’s, November 20, 2014, action.

However, there’s still reason for undocumented immigrants to remain optimistic and continue the fight for equality and justice for all. Immigration advocates and organizations are pushing hard for legislative changes that will provide relief to those already in the United States and positively contributing to the U.S. economy and society.

The Supreme Court’s decision does not affect Obama’s original DACA program commenced in 2012. Undocumented immigrants can still obtain the benefits of this program. In other words, an applicant who meets the eligibility requirements for DACA 2012, can still submit an initial DACA application. In addition, anybody who was granted deferred status pursuant to DACA 2012, can continue to renew their DACA status every two years, unless the new President halts the program, or a new lawsuit is brought challenging the legality of the original 2012 DACA program. However, the expanded DACA and DAPA programs are dead for now.

We will continue to keep you apprised on the very latest immigration news around the country.

Remember contact ONLY a qualified immigration lawyer or an accredited representative for legal advice or immigration relief concerning your case.

For more information please feel free to contact Raul Ray, Attorney at Law, at Law Offices of Raul Ray, (408)279-5793, 1671 The Alameda, Suite 200, San Jose, CA 95126. Email: raylawfirm@aol.com

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