Anxiously Awaiting the Supreme Court’s DAPA Decision

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Immigration attorneys and undocumented immigrants across the country are anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Texas, a landmark case implicating the President’s authority to grant discretionary immigration benefits, such as deferred action. The decision is expected sometime in June.

The case revolves around the President’s November 20, 2014 executive actions, which included deferred action for parents of United States citizens and permanent residents. The program, called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, or DAPA, would extend employment authorization to certain people who are that can demonstrate long-time physical presence in the U.S. DAPA requires a person to not be disqualified for criminal reasons and demonstrate that they have a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident child. The case also challenges the government’s expansion of the DACA program, which is aimed at providing employment authorization and deferred action to people who came to the U.S. as children. Texas and 25 other states sued in federal court in Brownsville, Texas, and a federal judge there issued an injunction stopping the DAPA and expanded DACA programs. The case has made its way up to the United States Supreme Court on appeal, and a decision should be imminent.

Court watchers are also monitoring the situation closely as the Supreme Court’s size has shrunk to 8 justices, following the recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia. His replacement has not been confirmed by the United States Senate.

The Supreme Court is expected to issue decisions this month every Monday. The United States v. Texas decision would be one of those cases, although many observers believe it would be later in the month.

Bryon M. Large, Sr. is a Senior Associate Attorney at Kolko & Associates, P.C., a Denver-based full service immigration law firm. He is licensed to practice law by the Colorado Supreme Court and has also been admitted by the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver and his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico. Bryon actively practices removal defense, federal litigation, family-based and employment-based immigration, asylum and naturalization.


Bryon is a past Chapter Chair for the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), as well as a Past Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. He currently serves as the President of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, an Elected Director on the AILA Board of Governors, and is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association.


Bryon’s true passion in life is being a father to his two children.

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