Immigration Reform: Authorities No Longer Shielding DAPA-Eligible Immigrants From Deportation Cases

The International Business Times reports that immigration officials are no longer screening out undocumented immigrants who may be eligible for deportation relief under President Obama’s most recent executive action, following a Texas judge’s injunction last week on the deferred-action programs.

The Obama administration released several memos in November outlining a slate of new immigration policies in light of the deferred-action programs, DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Long-Term Residents) and an expansion of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). One of those directives instructed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to identify any immigrants in custody who may be eligible for deferred action under these new programs, and close their cases.

But on Feb. 17, a Texas federal judge temporarily halted the executive action, pending resolution of a lawsuit challenging the deferred-action programs. ICE officials confirmed to International Business Times that it was no longer taking eligibility of DAPA or the expanded DACA into consideration when dealing with unauthorized immigration cases.

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