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DAPA may be implemented in 2016

Families in California may have one or more members who are in the United States lawfully, while others in the household do not have legal documentation. The potential for the division of the family through deportation is a constant threat in many of these cases, and can even interfere with parents’ ability to provide for their children. The future of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, which could help millions of undocumented immigrants, will soon be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

When DAPA was first created, some government leaders stated that the president overstepped his authority, and they filed a lawsuit that prevented the program from delivering the relief it was designed to offer. Opponents have also expressed the belief in court that President Barack Obama should have provided public notification of DAPA and allowed time for comments based on the sweeping effects it would have for many groups.

Proponents of the program state that DAPA will benefit the country, as well as those it has been created to assist, by ensuring equal opportunities and safeguards in employment. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the president, officials plan to begin implementing the program in late spring or early summer.

Because undocumented immigrants may currently have difficulties gaining legal employment, they could be at risk of being taken advantage of by corrupt employers. Parents should not be victimized for attempting to take care of their children. An attorney may be able to assist those who are working in unsafe conditions to hold unethical companies responsible for jobsite hazards without fear of retaliation.

Source: New York Times “Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Obama Immigration Actions,” Adam Liptak and Michael D. Shear, Jan. 19, 2016

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