Immigrant Families Will Finally Get Their Day In the Supreme Court. What Happens Next?
In November 2014, after years of fighting to stop deportations and improve the lives of immigrants, our community pressured President Obama to use his authority to announce the DAPA policy and to expand DACA. Our victory, however, has been stalled in the courts since February because of a political lawsuit from our opponents (aka haters).
Various lower courts made lots of decisions in this long case over the past year and the fact of the matter is that deportation relief for millions of immigrant families remains stalled. So on Thursday November 20, 2015, the Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to take up the case.
Today (Jan 19th), the Supreme Court agreed that they will take up the case and listen to arguments from both sides to make a ruling. So what does this mean for families that might benefit from DAPA & Expanded DACA? And most importantly, what’s next? Here are 5 things you should know.
1) The highest court in the country will listen to our case.
The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the country and they have decided to give us our day in court later this year. They will ultimately decide whether to shut down the politically motivated lawsuit that has blocked millions of immigrant families from the opportunity to live and work without fear.
2) There is still a long road ahead.
While the timing is not definite, we could expect the court to hear our case sometime in April and to possibly make a decision in late June. Our community must work together to make sure that everyone in America knows what is at stake and who would be impacted by their decision.
3) This lawsuit is NOT about the original DACA program.
While you still can’t apply for DAPA or Expanded DACA, the original DACA program that was announced in 2012, giving work permits to young immigrants is separate from this lawsuit. If you qualify for DACA you should continue applying. If you currently have DACA, enroll in the DACA Renewal Network to ensure you renew on time.
4) Beware of scams and notarios.
The fact that the Supreme court decided to take up the case does not mean that people are able to apply for DAPA or Expanded DACA yet. Don’t be fooled or give your money to lawyers or notarios telling you or your family otherwise.
5) We are stronger together! Join our Community Call on Tuesday Jan 19 to get more information.
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