On Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments from supporters and opponents of President Barack Obama’s 2014 immigration executive actions, all while Latino and immigrant rights groups rallied outside in support of the deferred action programs.
In Defense of DAPA and DACA’s Expansion
Outside the Supreme Court, Latinos and immigrants, both documented and undocumented, some traveling as far as Texas and New York, gathered in support of Obama’s two deferred action programs: the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and the expanded guidelines of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Although Obama announced DAPA and DACA’s expansion in November 2014, the state of Texas, followed by support from 25 other states, have sued the Obama administration to block the programs. Lower courts have ruled in favor of Texas and temporarily blocked the federal government from enacting DAPA and DACA’s expansion. If DAPA and DACA were to be implemented, an estimated 4.9 million eligible undocumented immigrants would receive three-year renewable stays pending background checks and an application process through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency.
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