Expanded DACA will not start today
On Monday night, a federal judge in Texas ruled in favor of 26 states that had filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, challenging the Executive Actions announced by the President in November. Judge Hanen of the Southern District of Texas did not find the Executive Actions unconstitutional. Rather, he issued a preliminary injunction to prevent the Executive Actions from taking affect until he can rule on the lawsuit himself or a higher court reverses his decision. While USCIS was planning on accepting the expanded DACA applications today, due to the federal judge's order, implementation of that program will be delayed. The administration had given a specific date for when USCIS would begin accepting DAPA applications, but for the time being, that will also be delayed.
President Obama is planning on appealing the court's decision, saying, "The law is on our side, and history is on our side". However, the government will not take applications for the expanded DACA and DAPA programs until the legal case is settled.
The DACA program that began in 2012, however, will continue as normal. If you qualify for DACA, you may still apply. The judge's ruling only applies to the Executive Actions announced in November 2014. We will keep you informed of any news regarding DACA and DAPA.
Sources: "Dealt Setback, Obama Puts Off Immigrant Plan" by Michael D. Shear and Julia Preston. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/18/us/obama-immigration-policy-halted-by-federal-judge-in-texas.html?ref=us
"A Judge’s Assault on Immigration" by The Editorial Board. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/18/opinion/a-judges-assault-on-immigration.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region®ion=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region