In November of 2014, President Obama announced his Executive Action, which introduced the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents or DAPA.. Similar to the DACA program passed in 2012, DAPA promised a sort of light at the end of the tunnel for many undocumented immigrants living in limbo in the United States. The news of the DAPA program brought hope to many millions of people. That hope, however, was quickly dashed, as court challenges to the program prevented it from even getting off the ground. As the challenges to the Executive Action make their way through the court system, millions of undocumented immigrants continue to hold out hope for the eventual passing of DAPA. This week, however, the program was dealt another blow, as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Obama Administration and its’ Executive Action. At the center of the court challenge is whether the President has the authority to pass such sweeping immigration changes via an Executive Order, without Congressional input. This confusion over authority is one of many gray areas existing within the broken immigration system.

Obama’s DAPA Program and the Gray Areas in Immigration


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