On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a program that would have allowed parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to request protection from deportation and a work permit for three years, as part of a new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program (“DAPA”). To qualify, they had to have lived in the United States continuously since January 1, 2010 and pass required background checks.
However, because of a federal court order or injunction blocking the program, and an opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 23, 2016, the DAPA program cannot go forward at this time.
You may find additional information about this at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services website.
Although persons who would have been eligible for DAPA cannot apply for it at this time, they may wish to obtain a legal consultation to determine whether they may qualify for some other immigration benefit. If you need an attorney, here is a directory of legal service providers in your area.