DAPA and Expanded DACA Injunction

On February 17, 2015, a federal judge in Texas issued an injunction to block the implementation of expanded DACA and DAPA. DHS has indicated an intention to appeal the injunction.

Prospective applicants should note that there is still time for the government to fight the injunction as it applies to the May 20 DAPA program. The injunction most immediately affects the expansion of DACA program which was supposed to go into effect on February 18, 2015.Applications to renew or initial requests for DACA under the 2012 program and guidelines are unaffected and will still be accepted. The injunction also does not affect the ICE enforcement priorities memo, which focuses on deporting noncitizens who have been convicted of crimes.

In the meantime, prospective DAPA and expansion DACA applicants should work with a knowledgeable immigration attorney to prepare and strategize about the best way to move forward, so that time will not be lost once the government and court system works this out.