On May 26, 2015 a federal appeals court denied the Obama Administration’s request to lift the injunction on the new executive orders on immigration. President Obama announced the orders earlier this year, expecting to protect large numbers of unauthorized immigrants from deportation. Yet, the announcement resulted in a twenty-six state lawsuit that argued the executive orders “endangered America” and crippled US economic mobility.
Because of the legal injunction, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) did not begin accepting requests for the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on February 18, 2015, as originally planned. Furthermore, the injunction has also suspended the implementation of Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA).
In May, the appeals court found that the twenty-six states involved did have the legal authority to issue the lawsuit and the program delays remain, leaving many immigrants in a state of legal limbo. Presently, the Obama Administration faces a tough decision on how to appropriately move forward in order to guarantee that the US immigration process is more humane and equitable. Obama intends to ensure that the existing provisions under DACA remain unaffected, and thus far he has been successful, decreasing the amount of deportees over the last few fiscal years. For more information on Obama’s strategic planning throughout the injunction period, please see: http://nyti.ms/1G6qxSb.