In 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memorandum announcing an immigration relief program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows certain unauthorized aliens who arrived in the United States as children to apply for a two-year forbearance of removal. Those granted such relief become eligible for work authorization and various federal benefits. Some 700,000 aliens have availed themselves of this opportunity.
Two years later, DHS expanded DACA eligibility and created a related program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). If implemented, that program would have made 4.3 million parents of U. S. citizens or lawful permanent residents eligible for the same forbearance from removal.
The United States Supreme Court ruled today (June 18, 2020) that the Trump administration cannot carry out its plan to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and/or “Dreamers,” to avoid deportation and remain in the U.S.
Chief Justice John Roberts said the government failed to give an adequate justification for ending the federal program. Roberts was joined in the majority by liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. Conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh filed opinions that concurred with parts of the majority and with parts of the dissent.
To read more of this decision, click here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/18-587_5ifl.pdf
I wanted to take this opportunity to let everyone know that The Law Office of Danna Young is still fully functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have, however, transitioned to doing all business remotely. Business hours will remain the same, specifically 9-5, and my receptionist is answering phones during that time. All cases that are in progress are continuing, and we are taking new clients as well. The only difference is that we are handling most, if not all meetings remotely. We are also exchanging documents via email or fax as much as possible.
I know that this is a stressful time, and I hope that we are able to return to normal operations as soon as possible. In the interim, we are here to serve you. I will also be more active on this page and provide updates regarding various agencies pertaining to immigration issues so as to help you stay informed.
If we can assist you, please call us at 501-414-0264.