Obama’s Program to Shield 5 Million from Deportation Headed Back to Court

The immigration debate continues. State and Federal lawyers on opposite sides of the immigration divide will square off on Friday in Federal Appeals court over the validity of President Obama’s executive action, announced in November 2014, seeking to protect up to 5 million people against deportation from the United States.

The Federal courthouse, located in New Orleans, Louisiana, will likely be greeted by protesters on Friday, where hundreds are expected to rally in support of the program, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Permanent Residents or “DAPA”.

The battle began in early December, when Texas officials were joined with 25 other states, filing suit against the President’s planned programs before they ever saw the light of day. In February 2015, conservative Federal Judge, Andrew S. Hanen of Texas, issued a preliminary injunction stopping the program in its tracks.

The two sides will meet Friday at 9 AM for oral arguments about the programs. The question remains, whether President Barack Obama has the legal authority to issue executive orders and bypass Congress by providing immigration legislation. The President does have the constitutional authority to implement such plans and the delay in courts is nothing more than a mere smoke screen and set back for the millions of undocumented immigrants who could seek protection from deportation under these programs.

Our U.S. immigration attorneys in Los Angeles eagerly await a positive outcome for the Obama Administration and welcome the program’s implementation soon. If you or a loved one has immigration questions, contact us now for a FREE immigration consultation!

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