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What just happened?
On June 23, the Supreme Court divided evenly, a 4-4 tie, over a lawsuit brought by Texas to President Obama immigration programs, DAPA and expanded DACA.
In the case of a tie, the Supreme Court doesn’t issue its own decision. Instead the Supreme Court lets stand the decision issued by the court below. For that reason, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals nationwide injunction remains in effect. So in other words, the programs remain blocked because that’s what the 5th Circuit Court originally ruled before this case went to the Supreme Court.
How did this 4-4 tie happen? Aren’t there 9 justices in the Supreme Court?
Because the U.S. Senate refused to hold hearings to confirm the judge President Obama nominated to be the 9th justice, there are only 8 justices on the Supreme Court right now.
Since the Supreme Court didn’t make a decision, what can we do?
We are exploring all legal options at the same time that we mobilize our community to vote for candidates who will support immigration reform. We know that the Texas lawsuit was really a political dispute. We have always been confident that DAPA and expanded DACA stand on the right side of justice and are in line with immigration actions taken by presidents from both parties over the past 50 years. Our fight is far from over.
What can I do to protect my rights?
Beware of notarios or scammers who may try to convince you that they can help you apply for DAPA for a fee. DAPA remains blocked, so there is no application. If you need legal help, you can find a trusted immigration attorney by simply entering your zip code at our Legal Help section.
Also, know your rights. All people in the United States, whether citizens or non-citizens, have certain rights under the U.S. Constitution and other laws. Protect yourself by visiting our Know Your Rights section.
How will this impact the election this year?
We have the power to fight back these attacks on our families-- and the fight starts in our own backyards. Chances are you or someone in your household is eligible to vote this year. So make sure eligible voters in your family are registered to vote and ready to show up at the polls not only to elect a president, but also members of Congress, state legislators, city leaders and more. Because the only way we’re going to win lasting immigration reform is if we elect champions who will fight for our families in our cities, states, Congress and in the White House.