In November 2014, President Obama announced Executive Actions: Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
These Executive Actions would allow over 10 millions of immigrants to apply for protection from deportation and a work permit.
Subsequently, Texas and 25 other states filed a lawsuit challenging the Executive Actions. In February 2015, a federal district court in Texas issued an order putting DAPA and expanded DACA on hold. The Obama administration quickly appealed this decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. On November 9, 2015, a divided panel of the Fifth Circuit issued a decision that affirms the Texas federal district court’s order that temporarily blocks DAPA and expanded DACA.
Timeline of Expected Events:
March 4, 2016: Obama’s brief due
March 11, 2016: Amicus briefs supporting DACA/DAPA due
April 27, 2016: Last day of this term’s arguments in Sp. Ct.
June 2016: Decision by Sp. Ct.