Late last night, the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas granted an injunction enjoining the implementation of expanded DACA and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability) programs. As you are likely aware, tomorrow was the start date for expanded DACA. Thus, we await direction from USCIS as to whether applications will still be accepted tomorrow for expanded DACA and simply be held until a final determination is made, or whether it will not be accepting applications tomorrow.
Please remember–this decision is temporary in terms of its effect. The Department of Justice has already stated that it will appeal this decision, and advocates are urging the Administration to seek an emergency stay to the injunction so that the programs could begin during the appeal process.
This decision does not in anyway affect existing DACA or DACA renewals, or other parts of the President’s executive action such as priority enforcements that were set forth in the Executive Order.
We might be disheartened about this decision, but we are also not surprised. Please continue to know that the need for holistic provision of immigrant ministry is even clearer in light of this decision. Despite the many setbacks we have all seen with regard to comprehensive immigration reform and now the implementation of additional Deferred Action, I am thankful for your steadfastness. As James tells us, we count it all as joy, brothers and sisters, as we continue to persevere through these trials.