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By Immigration Attorney Caroly Pedersen

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Appeals Court Refuses To Allow President Obama’s Executive Action DACA & DAPA Programs To Move Forward
In a disappointing decision on Monday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Obama Administration’s request to move forward on the Executive Actions announced by the President in November 2014, to expand the current DACA program for Dreamers and create a new DAPA program for some parents of Residents and Citizens.

This Appeals court ruling is essentially a refusal to lift the “stay” issued by the lower court in Texas and is not a final decision on the validity of Obama’s Executive Actions themselves. For background, the legal controversy originally arose when the State of Texas filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration to stop the President’s Executive Actions from being implemented in February 2015.
Under the President’s Executive Actions, estimated to benefit some 5 Million Immigrants, the expanded DACA program for Dreamers would allow Immigrants who came to the U.S. on or before January 1, 2010 (before the age of 16), to apply for DACA status and a Work Permit, without a restriction on their current age and the new DAPA program would allow parents who came to the U.S. on or before January 1, 2010 and who had U.S. Resident or Citizen children (born before November 20, 2014) to apply for DAPA status and a Work Permit.

This decision clears the way for the Obama Administration to Appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court, which would rule on the case in the Spring of 2016.

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