Many people in South Carolina have probably heard about the executive orders dealing with immigration that were signed by President Obama last year. The orders granted millions of immigrants the ability to remain in the U.S. and avoid deportation.
A total of 26 states filed a lawsuit against Obama, seeking to overturn his orders. The states have claimed that the orders went beyond the President's constitutional authority. As the case has wound its way through the federal court system, the states have won at each level. After a win by the states in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, the case may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court this spring.
The Attorney General of Texas recently filed a motion asking the Supreme Court to not hear the case. If the Supreme Court doesn't grant a hearing, the states will automatically win. The target for the lawsuit is the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program, which would prevent the deportation of about 5 million people who are in the country illegally. Most of the immigrants are parents of children who are U.S. citizens or residents. Under the law, the people are able to get work permits, unemployment insurance and other benefits. If the Supreme Court agrees to hear the case, it could go before the justices as early as March 2016.
People who are interested in obtaining immigrant visas may want to consult with an immigration and naturalization lawyer. Immigration is a hot-button issue in the country right now, and the laws and regulations change frequently. With the presidential election occurring this next year, the laws could change even more. Experienced attorneys are likely more aware of the current state of the law and may thus be aware of programs for which their clients may be eligible so they can successfully immigrate.