Last week, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) celebrated its third anniversary. DACA was announced by President Obama on June 15th, 2012. The program allows qualifying Dreamers – immigrants who have lived in the U.S. since they were children, but lack legal status – to earn temporary protection from deportation and a work permit. Since its inception, DACA has helped nearly 700,000 dreamers remain in the country. These dreamers arrived as children and wish to obtain legal status in America, the only home they have known.
The third anniversary occurred less than one month before the Fifth Circuit is scheduled to hear an expedited appeal of the preliminary injunction on July 10th. This preliminary injunction halted the implementation of the Obama administration’s expanded deferred action program. President Obama expanded DACA and created Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) to stop the deportation of parents of citizens or DACA-eligible dreamers. Earlier this month, the Court of appeals denied the Federal Government’s motion for an emergency stay on the injunction by a two out of three-judge panel. It is still not clear whether the same judges who denied the stay, will hear the appeal on July 10th. The judges on the panel will be announced one week before the hearing.