New Collaborative Prepares Immigrants for Deferred Action and Other Programs
San Diego, CA: Today marks one year since President Obama announced new deferred action programs that would provide immigration relief to an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants nationwide and roughly 100,000 in San Diego County. The initiative includes a program for immigrant parents known as DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and the expansion of the current DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. The state of Texas issued a legal challenge to the implementation of the new programs, which the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld.
Also happening today, the federal government appealed 5th Circuit decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to issue a ruling by summer of 2016. Legal experts anticipate a favorable ruling in light of Supreme Court precedent upholding executive action. In anticipation, a new collaborative called “Ready Now” which is an extension of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) is preparing the community to apply for the new programs.