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Court order places future of some immigrants in limbo

As readers are likely aware, toward the end of last year President Obama issued an executive order pertaining to immigration. Portions of that order, which was supposed to take effect this week, were recently put on hold after a federal judge issued a temporary block. The order was challenged by multiple states for on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. More specifically, according to the U.S. District Judge who entered the ruling, the block was entered as a result of violating the Administrative Procedure Act.

While only parts of the order are put on hold as a result of the decision, the temporary block is likely leaving many immigrants unsure of their futures. Two programs in particular are impacted by the injunction. The first is that which provides an opportunity for undocumented immigrants to seek work permits. The second provides a temporary reprieve from deportation. In addition, an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, originally created in 2012, was placed on hold. 

The number of people impacted by this is estimated to be around four million.

An appeal of the case, which has not yet been decided on its merits, is expected to be filed by the Department of Justice. It will also likely pursue an emergency stay of the recent ruling while the appeal proceeds. Until the outcome of that appeal is determined however, it is likely that many immigrants who reside in the Miami area have questions regarding their options. In most cases, a lawyer who handles immigration cases is usually a good point of reference for these questions.

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