U.S. Supreme Court 4-4 Decision on DACA and DAPA leaves many immigrants on hold

Today, in the United States v. Texas, the case challenging the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed by an equally divided court.

This means that the ruling by the Fifth Circuit’s decision stands and there will be no further movement in this proposal at least during the Obama administration.  The proposed expansion would have shielded up to 4 million immigrants from potential deportation and make them eligible for work permits.

This ruling does not impact the original DACA program launched in 2012.   The decision is disappointing for many immigrant families, workers, and employers.

To read the full decision  and explanation of the ruling, visit The SCOTUS blog.