Timeline: Texas v. U.S. & the Supreme Court

TIMELINE: Texas v. U.S. and the Supreme Court

The Process and Timing for Supreme Court Review of the Case

In November 2014, President Obama announced several executive immigration initiatives, among them Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). These two initiatives would allow millions of immigrants to come forward and apply for protection from deportation and a work permit. Most importantly, they would keep families united.

Soon after the president announced these initiatives, Texas and 25 other states filed a lawsuit challenging them. In February 2015, a federal district court in Texas issued a nationwide order that put DAPA and expanded DACA on hold. The Obama administration quickly appealed this decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. On November 9, 2015, a divided panel of the Fifth Circuit issued a decision that affirms the Texas federal district court’s order that temporarily blocks DAPA and expanded DACA from being implemented.

The following graphic provides information on the process and timing for asking the Supreme Court to review this case, which when it was filed was called Texas, et al. v. United States, et al. but which is now called United States, et al. v. Texas, et al.

NOTE: The dates provided in the graphic are not necessarily deadlines, but are selected to illustrate how the Supreme Court process and timing works in terms of deciding to hear cases and issuing decisions. The timeline will be updated with more specific information and dates as the process continues. You can find the Supreme Court’s docket for the case by going to the Court’s website, www.supremecourt.gov, and entering “15-674” in the website’s search engine. (Before searching, select the “Docket” button immediately above the search engine field.)

Texas v. United States and the Supreme Court *

*Specific dates listed are merely example dates. They are not set or final deadlines. In addition, this timeline does not include the possibility that the Supreme Court could expedite the case or take other extraordinary measures.