With the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia this week, the balance of the Supreme Court has shifted, which may have serious implications for cases set to be heard in the upcoming term. There is an important immigration case, United States v. Texas, of particular interest. To learn more about how the Supreme Court decisions in 2016 might be effected, read the entire article from The New York Times below. To learn more about the legal arguments at stake in United States v. Texas, we also recommend this “in plain English” analysis from ScotusBlog.
DACA is an immigration program allowing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to exercise prosecutorial discretion to ensure that enforcement resources are not expended on low priority cases. Individuals who came to the United States as children, and who meet specific requirements are considered to be low priority cases. Those who meet the guidelines listed below may be eligible for DACA for a period of two years, subject to renewal for a period of two years. Note there is no guarantee that this program will be available for subsequent renewal periods.