U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen temporarily enjoined the implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Accordingly, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA tomorrow, February 18, as originally planned. Until further notice, DHS will also suspend the plan to accept requests for DAPA.
It is important to emphasize the District Court’s order does not affect the existing DACA. Individuals may continue to come forward and request initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA pursuant to the guidelines established in 2012.
The Department of Justice will appeal that temporary injunction; in the meantime, DHS must comply with it. DHS will be prepared to implement DAPA and expanded DACA if the DOJ is successful.
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