What ever happened with the DAPA and expanded DACA programs?

The Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) program along with the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“expanded DACA”) program were stopped from taking effect in February 2015 when a federal judge ordered it stopped. As of today, November 24, 2015, the President’s administration appealed the stop order or injunction to a group of appellate judges, but they did not change anything so the programs are still not allowed to work. As of a few days ago, the President’s administration had asked the US Supreme Court to overturn the order stopping these programs. If the Supreme Court decides to hear the case this year, the decision would likely be announced in the summer.

In my opinion, if the Supreme Court does not hear the case this year, it may not hear it at all because a new president would have been elected by then and the new president might enhance, change, or cancel the programs.

It is my hope that the new president and new congress can agree to change the laws to help the people who could have benefited from the DAPA and expanded DACA programs.

If you have any questions regarding immigration, please feel free to call me, immigration attorney Shawn Mesa at (813) 679-5780.

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