Immigration- Court Delays DAPA Program

While the upcoming elections may introduce a new era of comprehensive immigration reform, the courts will play an important role in the process.  For example, the Fifth Circuit recently upheld a lower court’s decision to block some of the President’s recent reforms.  The court’s ruling effectively prevents expansion of the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) and may prevent establishment of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program.  While comprehensive immigration reform is on the horizon, it will certainly face legal hurdles and obstacles.