May 28, 2015

Injunction on President’s Executive Actions Upheld by Federal Appeals Court

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit let stay an injunction on President Obama’s executive actions granting protection from deportation and the right to work to parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who have lived in the United States for at least five years and to several hundred thousand young people.  The three judge federal panel, in a 2-1 decision, allowed a ruling by a lower court to stand which blocks the continuation of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program announced by the president late last year. The case was originally brought by 26 states who sued to halt the program arguing the actions were illegal and possibly unconstitutional.  The states also argued that they should not have to bear the costs associated with the order. The Justice Department could appeal the ruling to the full appeals court or petition the U.S. Supreme Court, which legal experts say is the more likely option.