United States v Texas SCOTUS Case: A Five Point Timeline

A chronological understanding of DACA and DAPA.

Isabella Beaupré

Feature Writer at RYSE
Isabella Beaupré is a Milwaukee-based writer and artist working to organize against oppression and fight for race, gender and class justice.

This past Monday, April 18, the Supreme Court began hearing arguments for the United States v. Texas case regarding DACA+ (Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental of Accountability).

If you aren’t familiar with the case, here’s a five-point timeline:

  1. In 2012, President Obama used executive action to establish DACA, a pro-immigration policy which granted a certain population of undocumented immigrants the ability to legally obtain work permits and driver’s licenses, as well as temporary protection from deportation. After passing, this policy received little backlash or opposition from the general national public. Texas, however, had some issues and unsuccessfully attempted to sue the federal government after this initial introduction.         
  2. In 2014, Obama used similar actions to introduce DAPA, a policy with very similar benefits to DACA, this time provided to the undocumented parents of United States citizens. This policy, however, was met with hostility and concern. It was passed, but not without right-wing resistance.    
  3. At the same time, Obama attempted to expand DACA, allowing for a greater population of undocumented people to benefit from the policy.
  4. In reaction to this expansion, Texas sued the federal government, claiming that the policy would result in “injury to the state”. Obviously, this was a racist claim, and one that proved DACA+/DAPA are absolutely vital. Texas’ statement asserted that Obama overstepped his power by expanding the policy and that the ramifications would be harmful to the “legal” population.  ***
  5. This week, the SCOTUS ruled that Obama was operating within his power, and that Texas had no standing in their contention. More information on the specifics of this ruling may be found here. A timeline of case information may be found here.

Now, the SCOTUS will continue consideration of the legality of the DACA expansion. Because Texas’ case was the result of Obama’s proposed DACA+ policy, the actual legislature was never passed. In other words, the SCOTUS decides if the DACA expansion will become law. The outcome of this ruling is expected in late June.

Check out the United We Dream blog and website for more information and updates on this issue.

Stay motivated and show your support for undocumented people and their families!





Cover photo from unitedwedream.org 

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