On Tuesday January 19, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear arguments on the DAPA and expanded DACA lawsuit.
What does this mean exactly?
Finally, immigrant families will have their day in court. If the Supreme Court does the right thing and unfreezes DAPA and the DACA expansion, it will transform the lives of millions of immigrants living in the United States.
But if the Supreme Court sides with the Republicans blocking DAPA, it will strike a devastating blow.
Since 2014, Republicans have been aggressively trying to undo all of the progress we have achieved on immigration. Not only have they stalled the implementation of DAPA and the expansion of DACA, but they have pledged to get rid of the original DACA created in 2012 if they win the White House this November.
So what can we expect over the next few months
In February, briefs of legal arguments will be submitted from both sides. The U.S. Department of Justice will file the brief on our side and the Attorney General of Texas, representing the 26 GOP Governors and Attorneys General, will file the brief against us.
In March, we will make our voices heard directly to the Supreme Court by submitting “friend of the court” briefs in support of DAPA and DACA+.
In April, the Supreme Court will hold oral arguments. Lawyers for the DOJ and State of Texas will each present their case before the nine Justices of the Supreme Court.
And finally in June, the Supreme Court will issue a decision. For us to win, the court must say that Texas and the other states can’t block DAPA and DACA+.