Updated Status of Immigration’s DACA and DAPA

Last week, a Federal Judge in Texas ordered an injunction to stop the President’s Executive Order on immigration which was issued on November 2014.  This injunction, however, only affects the Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. (DAPA).  The Court’s injunction does not affect those already approved for DACA.  Thus, individuals with approved DACA documentation would still need to address any renewal.

Today, the Department of Justice (DOJ) proceeded to file an appeal to hold off on the injunction.  In the alternative, the DOJ requested that the injunction only apply to Texas and not each State.  In the meantime, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has postponed accepting applications for expanded DACA.  DHS, however, confirmed individuals qualifying under the original DACA may still submit an application.

Considering the developments with DACA and DAPA, individuals and entities focused on DACA or DAPA should address any issues with competent immigration attorneys.

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