As a Miami Immigration lawyer, I was very disheartened to learn today that the  Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in United States v. Texas, the case challenging expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).  “This means that the enforcement of the Obama administration’s 2014 deferred-action policy remains blocked by a nationwide injunction. It is now up to Judge Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, whether and how to go forward with the trial on the merits.

This means that the Fifth Circuit’s decision upholding the preliminary injunction against these initiatives will stand. This ruling does not impact the original DACA program launched in 2012. As an immigration lawyer in Miami, the decision is a huge disappointment. It’s bad for American communities, workers and the economy. Ultimately, the nation needs a permanent solution to our outdated immigration system, and that must come from Congress.

For those relying on this decision as a means to gain legal status, there may be hope in the future. Make sure you contact an immigration lawyer in the future to see how this issue progresses. If you have any questions in regard to DAPA or the other means to obtain legal status, please contact Miami immigration lawyer Michael G. Murray, Esq. at (305) 895-2500 or visit our website at

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