On November 9, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that President Obama’s executive action from November of 2014 which included the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will remain blocked. The 2-1 decision was widely expected because two of the judges hearing the case had previously ruled that an injunction against the programs could remain in place.
The Department of Justice quickly announced that it would seek a review of the decision at the United States Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court accepts the case, a final ruling on the legality of the programs could at long last come in June of 2016. Meanwhile, millions of people hoping to apply for work permits under the programs continue to wait and hope.
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