The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide as early as Friday whether it will hear Texas v. United States, the case determining the future of immigration relief for millions of undocumented immigrants.
Immigration law experts, advocates and a DACA recipient from the statewide coalition Ready California are available to discuss the significance of the Court’s announcement, what hearing the case this term will mean for the timeline of administrative relief, and what immigrant families can do now to protect themselves and secure their livelihoods.
In November 2014, President Obama announced an expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the creation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). These two programs would allow millions of undocumented individuals to remain in the United States without fear of deportation and apply for a work authorization permit. DAPA and expanded DACA have been on hold due to pending litigation that has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Statement from Sally Kinoshita, Deputy Director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco: “Each day these programs are delayed means millions of immigrants and their families are left to live with fear and uncertainty. If the U.S. Supreme Court decides to hear this case, we will take an important step toward realizing the hard fought victories immigrant communities worked toward for years. And we are determined to help eligible Californians realize the full benefits of these critical immigration programs by making sure they are ready once the programs take effect.”
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) leads Ready California, a collaborative statewide campaign working to ensure that the maximum number of eligible Californians benefit from DACA and DAPA. California has more than 1.5 million undocumented individuals eligible for DACA and DAPA, the most of any state in the nation.
With DAPA and expanded DACA currently on hold, Ready California is advising families of a number of steps they can take now to prepare and protect themselves, including: obtaining screenings from qualified legal service providers to check eligibility for current DACA and other immigration relief options; avoiding fraudulent service providers; applying for a driver’s license under California’s AB 60; and enrolling undocumented children in Medi-Cal.