U.S. Supreme Court to Hear DAPA & Expanded DACA Arguments on April 18

The United States Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the case challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Initially introduced in November 2014, President Obama launched the Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) programs to offer protection to as many as 5 million immigrants in the U.S. who are at risk of removal. These individuals have been left in limbo as Texas, North Carolina, and several other states have challenged the legality of the President’s programs.

The states argue that the DAPA and Expanded DACA programs would increase the costs of education, healthcare, and law enforcement. Texas, for example, claims that the state would be unduly burdened by having to issue more driver licenses, which is an expense incurred by the state.

On April 18, the Supreme Court will weigh in on whether the programs have legal justification and whether the states have standing to sue. The 8 justices will also consider whether the programs should have followed the notice and comment procedures under the Administrative Procedure Act.

The decision on Expanded DACA and DAPA is expected to be handed down by late June 2016. If the ruling is favorable, there will be a rush to get work permits for as many immigrants as possible.

For additional assistance on any immigration matter, please do not hesitate to contact our Raleigh immigration lawyer at Gardner Law, PLLC. We are a full-service immigration law firm and can assist you in navigating through the various immigration laws and offer effective and practical solutions to suit your needs.

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