South Carolina residents may be familiar with the immigration debate in the nation, but action on President Obama's plans to protect millions of undocumented individuals from possible deportation have bogged down in the court system. In the early part of 2015, many states argued that the President had overstepped his authority in the case. This resulted in an injunction by a U.S. District Court, and the case then went to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
The U.S. Court of Appeals decided that the program would be a problem because of the potential for a major increase in authorizations for aliens to lawfully seek work. This was noted as potentially undermining a national goal of limiting access to such authorization to preserve job opportunities for those who have legally entered the country. A review by the Supreme Court was immediately requested by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who noted that the current decision would have a tremendous negative impact on the ability of many parents to provide for their children. In many cases, these parents have children who are legal U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Additionally, there was concern that the ruling would create problems in enforcing the nation's immigration laws.
Due to a heavy workload with various cases, Texas requested two months to complete its response on the matter. Officials noted that a delay would not adversely affect those who have been deemed not to be at high risk of deportation. However, the Supreme Court did not extend the extra month of preparation time that was requested.
Those interested in this particular path to citizenship might be concerned as they wait for court matters to be decided. However, it may be helpful to discuss these concerns with an immigration lawyer to ensure that they are aware of the most up-to-date information related to their circumstances.