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Supreme Court Declines To Hear DACA Environmental Case

On Dec. 13, the nation’s high court declined a review of an appeals court decision that ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not unlawfully violate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and ignore the environmental impact of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was created in 2012 under the administration of former President Barack Obama. 

DACA is an immigration policy that protects immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. 

According to Reuters, groups who advocate for immigration control, such as Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), had petitioned the Supreme Court because of a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That ruling upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss allegations that the DHS violated NEPA.

In 2016, CAPS and other immigration control advocacy groups sued the federal government for failing to conduct the environmental impact of DACA that is required under NEPA.

In April 2021, Mark Brnovich, the Attorney General for Arizona, sued the DHS, arguing that changing immigration policies that were enacted under the Trump administration would harm the environment. The lawsuit, filed in a Phoenix federal court, is pending.

If you or a loved one have been impacted by shifting immigration policies, you will need the help of an experienced immigration attorney. 

An immigration attorney can represent your case to a judge, preserve your residence, and try to appeal your status in the most efficient ways available under the new legislation. 

The best place to find an immigration attorney is Attorney at Law.

At AAL, our nationwide network of law firms and attorneys allows us to match you with the best attorney in your area. Our partners have the resources, legal expertise, and experience to get you the best possible outcome for your case. Our partners understand the stress of having a temporary status in the U.S. and the dread of deportation. That’s why they're evaluated not only for an excellent record, but for empathy and excellent client care. 

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