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Immigration Law

This guide provides information on Texas and federal immigration laws.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA)

About DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is a Department of Homeland Security policy enacted in 2012 under President Obama that deferred the removal proceedings of certain eligible undocumented young people brought to the county as children for up to two years. A planned expansion of who qualified for the deferral of removal proceedings was blocked by the Supreme Court in 2016.

The expansion of DACA was rescinded by the Trump administration in 2017, and plans to phase the policy out entirely were announced later that year. The case is now being reviewed by the Supreme Court and a decision is expected in 2020. 

Please note: this is an area of law that is evolving very quickly. The information contained in this page is subject to change based on new developments.

Federal Law

DACA is a Department of Homeland Security policy that defers the removal proceedings of certain eligible undocumented youths for up to two years. In addition, youths would be given authorization to legally work in the United States of America. The policy was enacted on June 15, 2012, under President Obama.

DACA Litigation

Understanding the Law

These resources cover specific aspects of the DACA program, including timelines, relevant court cases, rights for those participating in the DACA program, and more. 

E-Books Available at the State Law Library

Many of the e-books available through the State Law Library contain forms or drafting guides.These e-books can be viewed by those who have signed up for a free library account with the State Law Library. Only Texas residents can register for a library account online. Signing up is free.