Supreme Court Ruling on DAPA and DACA

Tie ruling

On June 23, 2015, the Supreme Court came down to a 4-4 split ruling on the immigration case. The Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program were the two programs that the court case dealt with.

The two immigration programs were established by the presidential executive order. The unauthorized immigrants in the United States were protected from deportation with these programs. The DAPA protects unauthorized parents of children who are either a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident. The parents must have lived in the U.S. since January 1, 2010, to be protected by this program. The DACA protects immigrants who “were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012” and came to the U.S. before turning 16. These programs were important because it gave the immigrants the sense of security. The unauthorized immigrants were also given authorization to work in the United States legally.

Those who have already applied for the DACA program will not be affected by this court ruling. It was still a big blow for the unauthorized immigrants that were beginning to grow a sense of security. New applicants that wants to apply for the DACA, and the DAPA protected parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be affected by this tie ruling.

There will be not be any huge changes made in the immigration or deportation system, but the loss of the two programs still brings a loss of security for the unauthorized immigrants.

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