Court of its 4-4 decision in the United States vs. Texas case.
As a result of this vote, DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent
Residents) and the expansion of DACA, (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) programs
announced by President Obama in 2014, remain blocked by a lower court’s order. This means
that people cannot apply for these programs.
The vote means that thousands of Irish immigrants across the U.S. who hoped to participate in
the Deferred Action programs remain without status to live in constant fear of removal from the
Undocumented Irish devastated by decision
One young undocumented Irish mother said today that she is “devastated” by the news. She
would have been eligible for status if DAPA was allowed to proceed. She had attended IPC
legal & immigration clinics to prepare for the application process.
We acknowledge the stress and anxiety caused to immigrant families as our opponents’ efforts
continue to block DAPA and DACA. We want immigrant families to know we are here for
them. We offer one to one counseling as well as legal and immigration which is advice is
available each month at our legal clinics.
We will continue to advocate for the introduction of these programs. We will do so in alliance
with other Irish centers and immigrant advocacy groups across the U.S.