On November 20, 2014, through Executive Action, President Barack Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not deport certain parents of U. S. citizens or lawful permanent residents (DAPA). In addition, he expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (DACA+). However, on June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a split decision, and as a result, DHS continues to be blocked from implementing DAPA and expanded DACA (DACA+). Individuals otherwise eligible for DAPA or DACA+ cannot apply at this time.
Please note that the “block” does not affect the existing 2012 DACA applicants, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to accept applications (initial and renewal) from those who qualify under the DACA criteria announced in June 2012. As to the future of DAPA and DACA+, the two most likely scenarios involve a request for rehearing by the Supreme Court or allowing the case to go back to the district court for a decision. In both scenarios, a decision is not anticipated until 2018.
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