Immigrants Encouraged to ‘Take Action’ — Apply for DACA, Get Ready for DAPA

Mar. 8, 2016 / By

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Immigrant rights advocates are encouraging families to get ready for the possible implementation of two programs that could go into effect later this year. Both programs provide beneficiaries with temporary relief from deportation.

Even with the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in February, advocates say a ruling on one of the big questions before the Supreme Court – whether Obama’s executive actions on immigration will finally go into effect – remains up in the air.

Obama’s expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and launch of a new program for undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), could provide millions of undocumented immigrants temporary relief from deportation and access to work permits.

Both programs have been on hold ever since they were announced in November 2014. Their fate now rests with the U.S. Supreme Court.

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