OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION LAW UPDATE
On February 16, 2014, President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, also known as DAPA, was temporarily halted due to a court order. The decision was appealed by the U.S. Justice Department; however, the 5th U.S. Circuit of Appeals ruled against Obama Administration in May of 2015, which means that the decision will stand for now. Since DAPA has not been implemented, this will leave many immigrant families uncertain of what will happen in the future.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association, also known as AILA, has been on top of this act since it was first presented. AILA has been working hard to help make DAPA a legitimate act by providing information on what would or could happen if the act were to pass.
I believe that DAPA will pass but it will take time due to the number of people who are against the act. DAPA is essentially an act that seeks to bring families together but if it does not pass then they could be torn apart. The 5th U.S. Circuit of Appeals will continue to rule against the act and the Obama Administration but the best strategy at the moment is to continue to appeal.
If DAPA were to pass, I believe it would be within the next two to three years. It will be difficult getting past the court of appeals but if the Obama Administration stays persistent and appeals, then we could see the act going through sooner rather than later.