Back in November of 2014, President Barack Obama announced his plan, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). He has stated that he wants to use his presidential powers aside from Congress, since has been tremendous inaction regarding the issue of immigration.
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up President Obama's migrant plan and will hear arguments sometime in April, making a decision regarding DAPA by end of June. The White House is confident that this plan, which will remove the threat of deportation for more than 5 million illegal immigrants, will be upheld as lawful. The plan would allow for those who have been living in America for more than five years and who have children here with them, to apply for work authorization to stay in the United States.
Already a coalition of 26 mostly conservative states, headed up by the state of Texas, has been successful in challenges towards this plan in lower courts. With the upcoming presidential election, the decision that is made by the Supreme Court could be drastically affected by whoever takes office in January 2017. Hillary Clinton has already pledged to continue President Obama's efforts, should she win the election. On the other hand, candidate Donald Trump has stated that he would reverse this action from his first day in office, should he win.
President Obama's hope is that if this plan should pass, it would allow immigrants to "come out of the shadows and get right with the law." If the Supreme Court should back the plan, the White House has already vowed to give the program a push and allow immigrants to start enrolling before a new president is inaugurated in January 2017.
If you or your family is in need of immigration representation, look no further than Mathur Law Offices, P.C. With decades of legal experience and an in-depth knowledge regarding U.S. immigration law, you have nothing to lose by calling our office for an initial consultation.