There has been a considerable push for extensive immigration reform from undocumented immigrants and their supporters. President Obama’s administration has attempted to address some of these issues through the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability. Under the President’s proposed policy, a deferred action status would be granted to qualified undocumented immigrants who have been residing in the United States since 2010. Obama’s proposal would effectively prevent several immigrants from being deported and avail of work opportunities if it comes to pass. The proposal has come under fire from several conservative sectors and in February 2015, a Texas judge approved a temporary injunction that prevented the program from coming into effect. Now, a federal appeals court has denied the administration’s request to lift the temporary injunction.
The absence of legal action would have guaranteed that the President’s proposals would have come into effect this month. Now, the temporary injunction filed by a Federal District Court Judge in Texas has been upheld by the two judges on a panel of the United States Court of Appeals. The grounds for this ruling were based on the fact that the appeals court did not find enough evidence that would indicate a severe setback for the administration if the injunction remained in place. The appeals court also found that the lawsuit that was filed by several States against Obama’s administration did have sufficient legal basis. The representatives who filed the lawsuit against the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability cited constitutional violations and statutory overreach as reasons to scrap the program.
The ruling comes as a big blow to Obama’s administration. While the injunction stands, further delays on Obama’s Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program are to be expected. The chances of seeing the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program to be passed within the President’s term has decreased. Critics who oppose Obama’s proposals see this ruling as a clear victory. The states who filed the lawsuit that blocked the program from being passed claim that the President attempted to execute drastic changes to immigration policy without Congressional consent. Future developments on this issue will yield tremendous consequences on immigrants residing in the US.
Cases involving the complexities of immigration law require the knowledge of a capable team of lawyers. If you or someone you know needs legal counsel regarding immigration issues, please contact the immigration attorneys at Lyttle Law Firm in Austin, Texas by visiting our website or calling us today at 512-215-5225.