June 23, 2016
Today, the Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in United States v. Texas, the case challenging expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). This means that the Fifth Circuit’s decision upholding the preliminary injunction against these initiatives will stand. This ruling does not impact the original DACA program launched in 2012.
Responding to this news, Timothy M. Wheelwright, an attorney with Durham Jones & Pinegar in Salt Lake City whose law practice is focused exclusively on routine and complex immigration matters for companies and individuals, had the following reaction: “While the decision is certainly a major disappointment for immigrant families and their defenders, every American ought to be concerned about its potential impact on communities, workers, and the economy. It is going to be increasingly difficult for the United States to compete in a 21st Century global economy when our nation continues to tolerate a 20th Century immigration system and policies. The decision reaffirms what we have known for a long time — the only way to fix our broken and outdated immigration system is for Congress to finally take up the issue of comprehensive immigration reform. The executive actions affected by the Court’s decision today were never intended to be permanent solutions for those who potentially qualified for the benefits. Rather, they were carefully measured and restrained steps intended to help those most directly impacted by the lack of Congressional action. Those individuals and their families, friends, neighbors, employers, and co-workers, as well as our entire nation, must now wait for Congress to fulfill its Constitutionally-mandated duty to fix our broken and outdated immigration system.”
Tim Wheelwright is a shareholder in the Salt Lake City office of Durham Jones & Pinegar. For the past 19 years he has been advising individuals and businesses on routine and complex immigration issues and is frequently tapped to advise community leaders and policy makers about immigration policy and is featured as a source in local media. If you would like to schedule an appointment to speak with Tim Wheelwright about these executive actions or U.S. immigration laws, please contact him at (801) 415-3000, [email protected] @TimWheelwright (Twitter), or LinkedIn.