The United States Supreme Court has just announced that it will accept the Obama Administration's appeal of the pending injunction which has stalled the President's proposed Execution Action known as Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). Back on November 20, 2014, the President announced his plan to permit some estimated 5 million undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and/or legal residents to defer their removal/deportation, obtain employment authorization, and otherwise come out of the shadows after years of Congressional inaction on the issue of substantive comprehensive immigratrion reform.
As the White House has pressed the urgency of the matter, the Supreme Court is poised to fast-track the case, with oral arguments likely to be scheduled in April, and a decision to be issued in June of this year.
The legal analysis may turn on whether the twenty-six plaintiff states' - led by Texas - have standing to sue, assessing whether the proposed Executive Action actually harms those states so as to give them the right to bring the lawsuit in the first place. As the New York Times reports, Obama's Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., has highlighted historical precedent for such Executive Action, as well as the public benefits of temporary legalization via deferred action, which does not confer a substantive immigration status on those who would be eligible to benefit under DACA.
Stay tuned to national news for more information, and to this space for additional legal analysis and an explanation of how the court process impacts individuals.
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