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President appeals DAPA decision to U.S. Supreme Court

As both the Democrat and Republican parties attempt to decide who should represent their parties in the upcoming presidential election, the differences between the parties and their ideological beliefs has never been clearer. In the upcoming presidential election, immigration is slated to be a main issue with Democrat candidates favoring immigration reforms which would make it easier for families to stay together and in the U.S. while many Republican candidates support mass deportation and building an actual wall along the U.S. and Mexican border.

In a recent blog post, we discussed the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans which was signed into law via an executive order by President Obama. Under DAPA, parents who are in the U.S. illegally, but who have children who are U.S. citizens are provided temporary protections against deportation. Parents who are eligible for DAPA protections are also provided authorization to work legally in the U.S.

Essentially, DAPA provides piece of mind to the millions of parents who, on a daily basis, fear that they may be separated from their children and deported. It also affords these individuals with opportunities to find better paying jobs to support their families and contribute to the U.S. tax base.

Soon after the president Obama announced his plans to institute DAPA, the governors of several states filed a lawsuit asserting that the president's decision to create the program via an executive order was a gross overreach of his power. Last May, judges from the Fifth Circuit upheld an injunction halting the implementation of DAPA a decision which the U.S. Justice Department appealed. Last week, a "federal appeals court said the president had exceeded his authority," leaving the administration no choice but to turn to the U.S. Supreme Court.

It remains to be seen if or when members of the Supreme Court will take on this case. In the interim, the futures of some five million undocumented parents and their children hang in the balance. We'll continue to provide updates about this and other important immigration issues as developments occur.

Source: The New York Times, "Obama to Appeal Immigration Ruling to Supreme Court," Michael D. Shear, Nov. 10, 2015

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