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President Obama’s Executive Action to Protect Undocumented Immigrants Blocked by U.S. Supreme Court 4-4 Split Decision that Affirms Lower Court Ruling

(Cleveland, Ohio – June 23, 2016)  On the morning of June 23, 2016, The Supreme Court, as a result of a deadlock, affirmed an appeals court ruling blocking President Obama’s immigration plan, known as DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  The 4-4 split among the Supreme Court Justices means that as many as five million undocumented immigrants will not be protected from deportation or allowed to legally work in the United States. DAPA would have shielded the parents of citizens or of lawful permanent residents from deportation and allowed them to obtain work permits.  DACA on the other hand, which has been in place since 2012, has allowed immigrants who have come to the United States as children, to apply for temporary protection from deportation and work permits.

Although the original DACA stays in place, the DACA expansion, which was at issue in this case, remains blocked as a result of this ruling.  The decision this morning means that, at least for now, the dreams of millions are dashed and that the inevitable result will be the tearing apart of families, many of which have been living and contributing in the United States for years.  Now the case will go back to the lower court for arguments on the actual merits of the case.


Margaret W. Wong, Esq.

Senior and Managing Partner


Scott E. Bratton, Esq.



Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC

3150 Chester Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114; 216-566-9908


Margaret W. Wong, Esq., is listed in Top Lawyer and Super Lawyer, is rated AV Preeminent, and is an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She also serves as a foundation board member of State University of New York at Buffalo, her alma mater, and is co-chair of the Immigration Law Committee of NAPAPA Bar Association. Margaret is the author of “The Immigrant’s Way,” published in three languages, and has authored numerous articles on immigration law. 


Scott E. Bratton, Esq., a Best Lawyer and Ohio Super Lawyer, is an adjunct faculty member at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he teaches Asylum and Removal Proceedings.  His practice includes removal defense, political asylum, federal litigation, criminal law, and assistance in business and family based visas. Mr. Bratton is an experienced litigator who practices regularly in courts throughout the United States, and has been the attorney of record on numerous precedent-setting cases.