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Facts to Know about the Supreme Court’s Decision on DAPA

On June 23, 2016, the United States Supreme Court split 4-4 in its vote on President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program—also known as DAPA—when it decided the outcome of United States v. Texas.


President Obama first introduced DAPA in November 2014 as part of his plan for immigration reform and as a means to delay deportation for around 5 million undocumented aliens in the United States who had lived in the United States since 2010 and whose children were either American citizens or lawful permanent residents.


After its introduction, the policy was challenged by 26 states in federal court. After the policy was heard by several lower courts, the Supreme Court agreed to review United States v. Texas on January 19, 2016.


What Is the Impact of the Supreme Court’s Decision?

Although DAPA was blocked by the Supreme Court, existing immigration policies enacted prior to the decision still apply, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Some important facts to know about existing immigration policies, such as DACA, and how they relate to the Supreme Court’s decision on DAPA include the following: