A Texas federal district court has prevented implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA). Created by the Obama administration's Executive Order in late 2014, DAPA would offer a way toward lawful status to many parents of US Citizen and permanent resident children. However, this delay not the end of the story. The Obama administration is appealing the decision and has much reason to expect success.

In the meanwhile, the USCIS and many advocates suggest that prospective applicants for DAPA start gathering together documentation, including:

Evidence of identity;
Evidence of a relationship to a US Citizen or permanent resident;
Evidence of five years of continuous residence in the United States.

Immigration advocates caution that, like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, DAPA is a program that can be terminated by a future Presidential Administration or changed by Congressional legislative action. So anyone seeking status under DAPA (or DACA) should also review eligibility for other, more permanent, ways to adjust status.

In the meanwhile, have hope!

President Obama's executive actions, issued before the Thanksgiving holidays may offer many immigrant parents of US-born children some positive short-term changes and stability. Whether or not these changes have a lasting positive impact depends on further Executive and Congressional action over the next few years. 

For more information on the announced actions, visit the USCIS website here or contact the Office.