DAPA Matters to U.S. Citizen Family Members in States Across the Country

A 2-year-old watches his parents take part in a rally for immigration reform at the Supreme Court.

On April 18, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in United States v. Texas, the lawsuit blocking implementation of the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and the creation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA. These policies allow certain unauthorized immigrants who came to the country as children or are the parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents to request temporary protection from deportation and the opportunity to apply for a work permit.

More than 6.1 million U.S. citizens in states across the nation live with a family member who will remain in fear of deportation if the Supreme Court rules against DAPA in United States v. Texas. California has more than 1.8 million U.S citizen family members of DAPA-eligible individuals, and Texas—which spearheaded the lawsuit to block implementation—has the second-highest number of affected U.S. citizens at nearly 1.1 million.

See the number of affected citizens by state.