Published March 25, 2015


As previously reported here, the new Obama Executive Action granting up to 5 million undocumented individuals access to a 3 year employment authorization and protection from removal is the subject of a fierce legal challenge mounted by 26 states.   The prospective applicants impacted are those who have been residing in the U.S. for more than 5 years, have no major criminal convictions, AND have U.S. citizen or permanent resident children.   

For the first battle, chalk one up to the challenging states, as a federal court judge in Texas imposed a temporary injunction prohibiting the implementation of the program.    That ruling has been appealed by the Obama administration to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, and a further hearing on the program is scheduled for April 17, 2015.     A decision on this appeal will likely be issued by mid-May, although a further appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court will most likely be the losing sides’ next move.   Such a further appeal will likely lead to a continued halt to the implementation of the new subject Executive Action.

PUBLISHED March 25, 2015– “IMMIGRATION LAW FORUM” Copyright © 2015, By Law Offices of Richard Hanus, Chicago, Illinois