The U.S. Supreme Court announced today, January 19, that it would hear a legal challenge to the immigration relief program President Obama created with an executive order, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program.
Obama created DAPA just over a year ago with the intention of allowing nearly 5 million undocumented residents, all of whom are parents to citizens or documented residents, to apply for work permits and avoid deportation. The order has since been met with resistance from 26 states, including Texas, whose attorney general filed a lawsuit that accuses Obama of bypassing Congress and abusing his power in instituting the measure. A federal district court judge in Texas approved an injunction to halt DAPA’s implementation in February, which was affirmed in an appellate court.
The Supreme Court will hear the case in April, with a decision expected by June.
(H/t The New York Times)