A federal court has issued a temporary injunction preventing USCIS from accepting requests for the expansion of DACA on February 18, 2015. United States District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled late Monday night to halt implementation of President Obama’s executive action on prosecutorial discretion in immigration, known as DAPA and expanded DACA. Judge Hanen ruled that Obama’s executive action failed to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act by not allowing for the proper notification and comment period before taking action.
Although the Department of Justice will request a stay of the injunction, the Department of Homeland Security will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA on February 18, as originally planned. Until further notice, USCIS will also suspend plans to accept requests for DAPA.