Update on DAPA and DACA Expansion

As many of you know, the Supreme Court heard arguments on April 18, 2016, in the case of the United States v. Texas. This case presents the issue of whether President Obama had the authority to issue an Executive Action that would grant benefits to parents of lawful permanent residents and U.S. Citizens (known as “DAPA”) and to expand DACA to three years instead of two years.

What this could mean:

The Court will issue its opinion in June 2016. Since the Supreme Court currently comprises of eight justices, the opinion could result in a 4-4 decision, which would mean that the injunction on this Executive Action remains in place and President Obama’s Executive Action will not go forward. In this case, otherwise eligible individuals cannot apply for DAPA benefits or the DAPA three year expansion.

The other possible scenario could be that the Supreme Court’s decision would result in a 5-3 opinion in favor of the President’s Executive Action, which would mean that the injunction would be lifted and those eligible for DAPA and the DACA three year expansion could then apply for the benefits.

If you have any questions regarding this Supreme Court case and how it may or may not affect your immigration status in this country, please contact us.

Call Revilla Law Firm, P.A., at (305) 858-2323 or toll free (877) 854-2323

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