Thursday, February 26, 2015

Deferred Action: Injuction by Judge Andrew Hanen. What does this mean?

On February 16, 2015, Judge Andrew Hanen issued a temporary injunction against the Executive Order on immigration issued by President Obama on November 20, 2014.  This is a temporary measure which stops expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents). 

Is it Permanent?

No.  It is temporary, and the Obama Administration is already working on emergency measures to fight it.

What has been done to fight it?

An appeal has been filed, as well as a request for an emergency stay.  An emergency stay would stop Judge Hanen's decision from having any impact, and DAPA might start by May as was originally planned.  An appeal is a challenge to Judge Hanen's decision, in which a higher court decides if the decision is right or wrong.  The Obama Administration is certain that it has the power to issue this order, and hopefully the Appellate Court agrees.

What can be done in the meantime?

Continue to collect documents which show that you have been present in the U.S. since January 1, 2010.  Rent receipts, school records, bank records, doctors records, car insurance and payment records, and any other document which shows you have been in the U.S. 

Clear your criminal record.  You might still qualify for DACA and DAPA even if you have a criminal record.  Contact our office for more information.  (909)55-HELP-U.  (909)554-3578.