Poole Law Center

A split Supreme Court means at least a temporary win for Texas, halting for now Obama’s expanded DACA/DAPA program.

Texas, with a large group of allies, challenged Obama’s expansion of the DACA/DAPA program. The previously implemented DACA, provides temporary relief from deportation,–along with the ability to work–for individuals that were brought to the US before they were 16 years old, have continued their education, avoided criminal troubles, were under 31 years of age when applying, and a short list of additional requirements.  The expansion of DACA/DAPA removed the under 31 age limit and expanded the relief to parents of USC children. Just days before the particular qualification requirements for the parent group were to be released by USCIS, Texas filed suit, requesting  that the program be halted until their complaint could be heard. It was this preliminary injunction that was before the Supreme Court.  We expect continued litigation strategy on both sides, but for the moment, the split decision is a win for Texas. Obama’s administration was hoping for a different decision, and was prepared to roll out the halted program as quickly as possible before the November presidential elections.


There are endless articles on the matter. This summary from The Houston Chronicle provides a lot of history and ancillary information related to both the immigration issue and split-court:

The Houston Chronicle: Supreme Court deadlocks on landmark Obama immigration plan in United States v. Texas


Here is a link to the SCOTUS one-line opinion:

United State v. Texas