Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will consider the arguments concerning Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
If the law is passed, this will allow millions of potential immigrants the chance to attain temporary lawful residency status, the ability to work, and many other benefits. It will also help reunite families who have become separated under the current laws. As of now, both DAPA and the expanded form of DACA have not yet been implemented.
Understanding DACA and DAPA
DAPA can grant the parents of U.S. citizens or permanent residents the ability deferred actions status, which delays deportation and allows the individual to reside in the U.S. legally. DACA applies to children of U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
When Will the Matter Be Resolved?
DACA and DAPA were announced more than a year ago, however, the federal courts are still standing in the way due to actions challenged by more than 25 other states. These states have filed lawsuits, arguing that these policies are a violation of many federal and Constitutional statutes. Because of this, millions of immigrants who may have been benefitted from either of the policies are still left to wait.
The timeline of deliberations over the case projects that a decision may be made in the early summer months. DACA and DAPA have been a hallmark of President Obama and many Democratic officials, and has been a contentious matter since its unveiling.
We Can Help You Achieve Your Goals
Our knowledgeable team of Cleveland immigration lawyers can offer legal assistance in various immigration matters, from visas to the naturalization and citizenship process. We can also offer guidance on issues such as deportation and removal defense. When you are faced with complicated matters involving immigration law, having a team on your side is essential to help you find the outcome you need.
To learn more about DACA and DAPA or find assistance with your immigration matter, please contact Sintsirrmas & Mueller Co, L.P.A. at (888) 491-8770.