On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced that he was using his executive powers to allow parents of US citizen or lawful permanent resident born on or before November 20, 2014, who have been living continuously in the United States since January 1, 2010, and who were physically present in the United States on November 20, 2014 to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years, in a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program, (DAPA), provided they pass required background checks.

This new program was expected to start in May, 2015. However, on February, 16, 2015, a federal district judge stunned the Obama Administration by granting an injunction and halting the implementation of the DAPA and expanded DACA programs citing procedural grounds.

The Obama Administration asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift or stay the injunction against the DAPA and expanded DACA programs. On May 26, 2015, the 5th circuit denied Obama's request.

The next stop for the Obama Administration could be the US Supreme Court. We will keep you posted on the very latest concerning the legal challenges involving DAPA.

For more information about DAPA or DACA, contact the Law Offices of Raul Ray at (408) 279-5793.
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