Supreme Court To Rule On Presidential Authority To Protect Millions Of Undocumented Parents

Supreme Court To Rule On Presidential Authority To Protect Millions Of Undocumented Parents

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear United States v. Texas, the case in which 26 states are challenging the Obama administration’s authority to grant temporary lawful presence for up to 5.5 million undocumented foreign nationals. The program, known as Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (“DAPA”), was put on hold in February 2015 when a U.S. District Court Judge ordered an injunction after the lawsuit was filed, which the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals subsequently upheld. A Supreme Court ruling in favor President Obama’s authority to move forward with DAPA would protect millions of undocumented parents of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from deportation from the United States. The program would also provide DAPA eligible applicants the ability to lawfully work in the United States.

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