The Supreme Court has ruled that DAPA and expanded DACA will remain blocked.

In 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to address challenges for immigrants. As a result, one program, known as “DAPA,” would have assisted undocumented parents of children who are United States citizens or green card holders. His executive orders also expanded an earlier program for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. It was known as “expanded DACA.”

Both of these programs were temporarily put on hold by the Courts. Now, the Supreme Court has decided that these programs cannot be implemented. This decision does not impact the initial DACA 2012, which was not at issue in the case. Current DACA recipients are not at increased risk for deportation.

More than 220,000 New Yorkers would have been eligible for DAPA or DACA. The Council remains committed in principle and funding to ensure that immigrant New Yorkers can access comprehensive legal help and services. We are also providing immigrant New Yorkers with additional information on how they can avoid becoming victims of immigration scams.

Beware of fraud:

Only licensed attorneys and individuals accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals are authorized to provide immigration legal advice. Bad immigration advice can have very serious negative consequences and cause permanent damage to your current or future immigration case.

If you or someone you know thinks they have been the victim of fraud or received legal advice from someone who is not allowed to provide it, call the New York State Office of New Americans (NYS ONA) hotline at 800-566-7636.

  • Do not go to notarios or tax preparers for immigration services. In the U.S. they are not legally allowed to advise or represent individuals on immigration matters.
  • Look for assistance from trusted sources such as ActionNYC, Key to the City events, or trusted community-based organizations.
  • Call 311 for ActionNYC appointments.
  • Call the New York State Office of New Americans (NYS ONA) hotline at 800-566-7636 for more information, such as:
    • referrals to trustworthy legal service providers
    • referrals to Board of Immigration Appeals-accredited community-based organizations and legal clinics
    • if you believe you have been defrauded or were the victim of a scam (It’s possible to report anonymously.)