Texas District Court Judge Andrew Hanen provided a ruling on a lawsuit put forward by 26 states and issued an injunction to delay the application process and deportation relief for millions of immigrants announced by President Obama last November.
In a 123 page opinion, Judge Hanen in Texas issued a preliminary injunction temporarily stopping implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA.
To read the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA's) statement on the ruling, click here.
What you need to know:
- This decision is NOT permanent. This is NOT the district court’s final decision on the matter but a decision to put things on hold so that a full evidentiary hearing/trial can be had.
- Don't panic. Courts play an important role in U.S. government. We had been expecting this challenge to President Obama's executive action and the new ruling by Judge Hanen does not permanently affect DAPA and expanded DACA. The decision will be appealed and high courts have consistently supported a president's authority to set immigration policy.
- Current DACA Program remains unchanged. This decision does NOT affect the current DACA programs announced in 2012 and renewed in June 2014.
- ILCM will continue to accept applications for the current DACA program announced in 2012, as well as DACA renewals.
- Continue to prepare to apply for DAPA and expanded DACA. This temporary decision only delays the application process for expanded DACA. Keep gathering your necessary paperwork and saving money for your application fees. To learn more about how to prepare, click here.