Posts Categorized: Deferred Action

Dream Act of 2017 – What’s It All About?

Dream Act of 2017 Introduced With Bipartisanship in the Senate Now here is some legislation both parties can support! The Dream Act was introduced in light of concerns that the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) Program may not survive a legal challenge in the courts this year. This is driving the push for Congress to… Read more »

Supreme Court Stops DAPA – the Undocumented Immigrant Program

On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court resulted in a tie vote 4-4 on whether to allow the Obama Administration’s “Immigration Plan” to be implemented.  Announced in November 2014 – and also referred to as Executive Action on Immigration or Deferred Action for Parent Accountability (DAPA), the decision was heart-breaking for about 5 million undocumented… Read more »

Update on Obama Executive Action/DAPA from the Supreme Court

This last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the signature immigration case involving the undocumented community, United States v. Texas. The litigation started when President Obama announced he was using his executive authority to expand Deferred Action. Deferred Action derives from the executive’s legal authority to enforce immigration law. Since at least 1956,… Read more »

Supreme Court to Rule on Obama’s Immigration Actions including DAPA

The Supreme Court will hear a legal challenge from a coalition of 26 states that alleges President Obama abused his authority when he took executive action on immigration. Obama, frustrated with a defiant Republican-led Congress, created a program through executive action in November 2014 that would allow up to 5 million illegal immigrants—including so-called “dreamers”… Read more »

DAPA Program for Undocumented Immigrants Stalled Again

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals today delivered a not-so-surprising blow to the Obama Administration’s effort to widen the Deferred Action program announced in November 2014, almost a year ago. In a 2-1 decision, the Court held the executive order was unconstitutional. The executive orders created a new Deferred Action program called Deferred Action for… Read more »

Update on DAPA/DACA: Litigation Stalled in Appeals Court

Implementation of President Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration remains on the back burner as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans hears arguments over the legality of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). Created through executive action by Mr. Obama in November 2014, DACA… Read more »

Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration – What is Next and How do I Prepare?

Since the announcement by President Obama on November 20, 2014 of his Executive Action on Immigration, a few updates are warranted as we head into the holidays and new year with hopeful expectations on how these new initiatives will be rolled out. First, BEWARE of attorneys or attorney-like individuals who can promise to do something… Read more »

Details on Deferred Action Programs Announced by President Obama

On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced several executive action remedies for many immigration problems facing the United States and our broken immigration system. According to the White House, the “Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will help secure the border, hold nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants accountable, and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules.”… Read more »

Obama Announces Plan to Shield 5 Million Immigrants from Deportation

In a prime-time address to the nation on Thursday, President Obama described his plan to, and reasoning for, taking executive action on immigration—a move preceded by a six-year war-of-words with congressional Republicans that sets up a power struggle once the GOP takes full control of Congress next year. Obama’s plan will protect up to five… Read more »

Obama Leaning Toward Expanding Deferred Action for up to 5 Million Undocumented

The midterm elections, resulting in the dominance of the Republican party in Congress, left it up in the air in terms of President Obama’s prior promises to ‘do something’ on immigration reform this year. However, recent press reports over the past few days are indicating a move in this direction, despite threats from Republicans of… Read more »

Happy Anniversary Deferred Action Program!

August 15 2013 marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program otherwise known as DACA. DACA was launched by the Obama Administration as a solely executive branch action, meaning it was created by regulation and policy and not by a statute which requires Congressional action. As such, DACA… Read more »

What Happens After DACA?

With hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth now granted DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, I get many questions on various issues ranging from what happens when I travel on DACA?” “How do I tell my employer I have a valid social security number?” or “How do I correct my tax history and credit… Read more »

Colorado Thinks Dreamers are an Asset – In State Tuition Bill Signed into Law

Today, Colorado Governor John Marking Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 33, also known as the ASSET bill into law. The bill provides for in-state tuition for undocumented college-bound youth who live and reside in the state. This bill ends a decade-long effort to provide in-state tuition rates to undocumented Colorado college students by many legislators and… Read more »

Deferred Action Update: Immigration Reform in Obama’s 2nd Term

Some immigrants are celebrating the reelection of President Barack Obama as the continuation of the Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a popular Obama initiative that provides work permits for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children and who meet several other specific requirements. According to the United States Department… Read more »

Deferred Action Oct Update — Pending Elections

As most readers know, on June 15th the Obama administration announced a new immigration program  — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. While there is not much new information to report, the USCIS FAQ page was updated on Sept. 14, 2012 to provide additional answers to common questions. New questions & answers are highlighted in red with… Read more »