Just days before an immigration action favoring DREAMers aged out of the DACA process went to into effect, a judge in Texas blocked President Obama’s executive order and threatens to delay another process favoring parents of legal residents and citizens.
The legal action was brought by mostly Republican governors and attorneys general in 26 states, including Arizona, as a challenge to the extended version of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), which would provide a reprieve from deportation for as many as 5 million qualifying immigrants.
Efforts to block extended DACA and DAPA are also ongoing in Congress by Republicans who oppose unilateral actions by President Obama.
The lawsuit argues that the executive actions will draw huge numbers of new undocumented immigrants, which would force states to spend more on law enforcement, health care and education.
Advocates advise possible beneficiaries to continue making plans to apply and collect the documentation necessary to file for these temporary immigration benefits. A challenge to this injunction has been already announced by the Justice Department.