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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Expanded DACA and DAPA suspended; Existing DACA not affected

In light of of the temporary injunction issued by a federal court judge in Texas on President Obama's executive action plans, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a press release today announcing that DHS will not accept applications for expanded DACA relief tomorrow (02/18/2015) as planned.  The DAPA program will also be suspended temporarily.  

However, the Department will continue to accept and process applications filed by existing DACA beneficiaries and other types of benefit applications.  DHS Secretary Jen . C. Johnson stated that the DOJ will appeal the temporary injunction order, which was issued as a result of lawsuits filed by twenty-six (26) Republican-controlled states.  

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