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UPDATE ON U.S. v. TEXAS – DAPA and EXTENDED DACA

On Monday, April 18, 2016 the Supreme Court heard the oral arguments in the case of U.S. v. Texas, in which President Obama’s executive order is being challenged as over stepping his Executive authority. Although speculations arose after the release of the oral arguments and the possible decision the Supreme Court will make, a final decision on the case will not be released until approximately June.

For those who could potentially be eligible for the DAPA and extended DACA, the waiting continues. You should consult with an attorney regarding eligibility for the programs so you can better prepare in the event there is a favorable outcome.

PRIORITY ENFORCEMENT CONTINUES:

When President Obama released the introduction of DAPA and the extended DACA on November 20, 2014, he also issued an enforcement and removal priority list for ICE to follow. Due to limited resources available to the Department of Homeland Security, this priority list is crucial in an effort to maximize efforts for the safety of the public. Priority lists includes those that are threats to national security, border security, and public safety and also those with certain criminal history.

These enforcement priorities continue to be in effect despite the current hold on the Supreme Court’s decision. You should consult with an attorney if you have any questions regarding priority or any immigration benefits available.

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