Immigration Policies

Deferred Action out of Commission in Texas

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Immigration Policies | 0 comments

There is a legal battle ongoing between the federal government and several states headed by Texas that are trying to bar the implementation of immigration policies that would prevent the deportation of eligible segments of illegal immigrants for a limited period. The lower courts have decided in favor of the plaintiff states, and the decision is now under appeal before the Fifth Circuit Court of New Orleans.

The policies in question are the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents (DAP), and the plaintiff states claim that the policies would place a financial burden on the states. They cited Social Security benefits and driver’s license costs, among other benefits currently barred to illegal immigrants. The federal government lawyers argue that providing these illegal immigrants legal working status will actually increase state incomes from income taxes. In the meantime, those who have applied for DACA and DAP, but have not yet been processed, are in legal limbo. Parents of US-born children in Texas that have not yet applied for DAP are in constant fear of deportation.

The DACA and DAP was pushed forward by the Obama Administration, and enacted into law in 2012. Two years later, the Immigration Services had conferred DACA status to 581,000 people, and denied 24,000. President Obama expanded the coverage of DACA and introduced DAP in November 2014. For the plaintiff states, this was going too far.

DACA and DAP would have been a great benefit for the millions of illegal immigrants currently living in the US, but many states are resisting their implementation. As pointed out on the website of the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC in Austin, immigrants are always facing serious challenges, even if they are eligible under the law. They often need competent legal representation specializing in immigration to maximize their chances of success.

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