Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to President Obama’s extended deferred action programs, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).
DACA and DAPA would defer the deportation of as many as five million immigrants. While the programs do not offer a pathway to citizenship, they would authorize immigrants with strong ties to the U.S. to live and work here. Yet, almost a year ago, 26 states joined together in a legal challenge that delayed the President’s executive actions. The case, United States v. Texas, has been winding its way through the courts and will likely be decided by the Supreme Court by the end of June.
In addition to reviewing the programs themselves, the Supreme Court has asked for briefing on whether or not the President has the power to enact such programs without an act of Congress.
Millions of immigrants have been living in limbo for too long, including many in our LGBT and HIV-affected immigrant community. This is a critical moment for immigrant rights in the U.S. We are grateful that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear this case and hopeful that our immigrant community will see justice soon.
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