Supreme Court Halts Executive Action on DACA Which Will Now Affect the Immigration Process

President Obama  issued two executive orders designed to help keep many undocumented immigrants from being deported. The two orders specifically include DAPA, deferred action for parents, and DACA, deferred action for childhood arrivals. It is essential to know that a recent ruling by the Supreme Court halts executive action on DACA expanded program and DAPA halted these programs.

DACA and DAPA on Hold

The intentions behind DACA and DAPA were to help families remain together and to try to more easily resolve immigration issues that revolve around parents and children. Unfortunately, because of the ruling from the Supreme Court, both the expanded DACA program and DAPA are on hold, at least for the time being. The court was deadlocked in a 4-4 decision.  Because of the 4-4 decision, procedurally the lower court ruling stands which denied the program to be initiated.

Enforcement Priorities

It is important to note that the enforcement of revoked DACA and DAPA may not be the same from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The authorities are typically involved in the enforcement of other immigration policies and this could result in putting the newly reinstated laws on the back burner for now. But, do not count on inaction. The USCIS has the power to enforce the rules for undocumented immigrants. Those who are in the United States without proper authority are always facing the possibility of deportation or denial of access to the United States in the future.

Immigrant Visas

The United States provides a number of different types of visas for immigrants. These range from short-term visitor and student visas, to long-term green cards, also called permanent residency visas. Depending on your specific circumstances, you may qualify for one of these visas. You will need to review the requirements for the visa and ensure that you are able to meet the criteria and provide the proper documentation before submitting an application. Immigration visas can be rather complex, so it is helpful to speak to an experienced immigration attorney to determine which type of visa, if any, is applicable to you.

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