The new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was scheduled to go into effect in February of this year, with Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) scheduled three months later. However, due to the fight against DACA/DAPA expansion, the new programs have been halted after a preliminary injunction was filed in February 2015.
The Obama Administration, who had announced the expansion in November of 2014 through executive action, filed an appeal to the injunction requesting that the court overturn it. However, on May 26, 2015, in a 2-1 panel decision, the injunction has stayed.
With hopes that a different panel would be selected to make the final decision on Obama’s executive action, the same panel will be ruling whether expanding the programs shall be permitted. Given the decision to stay the injunction, it is unlikely that this Court will approve the expansion of the program. If the Appellate Court denies expansion, then their decision will likely be appealed again to the Supreme Court. In that case, a decision will most likely not be made in this year. Therefore, it is likely that the DACA/DAPA programs will not see any change until 2016.
If you are looking for an alternative to the DACA/DAPA programs, it would be beneficial to speak with an attorney to discuss your options.