Immigrant families in South Carolina may have been following the legal actions that were taken to block President Obama's executive actions on immigration. The controversial executive actions were opposed by 26 states that said the President would be acting outside of his legal authority if he implemented the proposed immigration programs.
On Nov. 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled in favor of blocking the executive actions in a 2-1 decision. The appeals court found that the lower court was correct in its assessment that the immigration programs would be illegal. According to opponents of the executive actions on immigration, Obama's effort to implement the immigration programs violates the Administrative Procedure Act. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that the appeals court ruling would help to put an end to Obama's 'lawlessness."
Following the appeals court decision, the Department of Justice said that it did not agree with the ruling and that the case would be taken to the Supreme Court. The Department of Justice said that it is committed to resolving the immigration litigation quickly so that DHS may focus on removing immigrants who have violated the law rather than families with strong ties to the country.
With Obama's executive actions on immigration still blocked, some immigrant families that would qualify for the programs may be unsure what to do about their status. An immigration attorney may suggest the best strategies moving forward, which might include applying for immigrant visas. If an individual is facing a deportation order, an attorney may be able to help to apply for asylum or another form of deportation relief.