Since the Obama administration created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012, more than 170,000 young residents of California, and more than 728,000 individuals nationwide, have enrolled in the program. DACA provides undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to attain temporary protected status from deportation and authorization to work. Given the success of DACA, Obama sought to expand DACA, lifting the age cap for eligible individuals and creating a new deferred action program known as Parents of Americans or Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), which would provide temporary relief to parents. However, the current deadlock of the U.S. Supreme Court, which is likely to continue given the ongoing presidential race, has stopped the proposed expansion in its tracks. A recent National Public Radio broadcast claims that about 280,000 immigrants just in the state of Illinois would have been eligible for DAPA or expanded DACA, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of individuals who would be eligible nationwide. The numbers in California are more than double that! The halting of the program however, even if ultimately temporary, means that parents of American citizens or legal permanent residents will not have the same chance to live and work in the country as their own children. The likelihood is that the case will again come before the Supreme Court after another justice is confirmed to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. As a result, the approval or denial of DAPA and expanded DACA largely hinges on which presidential nominee prevails and whom he or she chooses to fill the open spot on the Court. In fact, the continued viability of even DAPA and its renewal provisions also is highly dependent upon the next President. Currently, this leaves hundreds of thousands of immigrants susceptible to deportation, even if they have lived here for many years or are the parents of American citizen children. Contacting an experienced California immigration attorney as quickly as possible can be essential to combatting removal from the United States. Despite the U.S. Supreme Court impasse on the Obama administration’s proposed expansion of DACA, taking steps to fix an immigration problem from the outset is often much simpler than waiting until the last minute and attempting to remedy the situation. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., at (510) 756-4468, today, and learn what we can do to help you through this situation.