On February 16, 2015, Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued an injunction, temporarily stopping, President Obama’s executive action announced on November 20, 2014.
In situations like this, it is common to have many questions. Please consider the following:
This decision is NOT permanent;
The Federal Government has announced that it will appeal the order;
At this time, the only applications that are immediately affected are those requesting expanded DACA under the new guidelines. Those who qualify for DACA based on the guidelines announced on June 15, 2012 are NOT affected;
DACA applications under the new guidelines will not be accepted by USCIS until such time as Judge’s Hanen’s order is lifted;
Numerous immigration attorneys, organizations and even the federal government are confident that DAPA and expanded DACA (under new guidelines) will proceed (see White House statement here);
If you have already signed a contract with us for these applications, we will continue working on your cases so as to be prepared to file as soon as that is possible;
Our office will continue to meet and work with prospective DACA and DAPA clients – do not hesitate to call and make an appointment!
See news reports:
New York Times Article -- Dealt Setback, Obama Puts off Immigrant Plan
Think Progess Article -- Federal Judge Blocks Obama's Immigration Action at the 11th Hour. Here's Why It Probably Won't Work
United We Dream Article -- A Judge Just Ruled to Halt Immigration Executive Action. Here are 5 Things You Should Know
You can see Judge Hanen's Decision here.