Obama Administration Seeks Supreme Court Ruling on Immigration Actions

A federal appeals court on Monday ruled against President Obama's sweeping executive actions on immigration. The 2-to-1 ruling from a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans upheld a lower court's injunction that blocks the administration from implementing a deferred-action program that would shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, The Washington Post reported.

Last fall, President Obama issued an executive order that would expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides temporary relief from deportation to young undocumented immigrants who meet certain qualifications as well as some undocumented parents.

Monday's decision, which comes several months after the same court denied an emergency stay request from the U.S. Department of Justice, was not unexpected.

On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced plans to file an appeal to the Supreme Court, reported Politico.

"The department disagrees with the Fifth Circuit's adverse ruling and intends to seek further review from the Supreme Court of the United States," U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said in a statement. "The Department of Justice remains committed to taking steps that will resolve the immigration litigation as quickly as possible in order to allow DHS to bring greater accountability to our immigration system by prioritizing the removal of the worst offenders, not people who have long ties to the United States and who are raising American children."

The swift decision by the Obama administration to appeal brought quick praise from Democratic lawmakers and immigrant advocates, who have raised alarms that the fate of Obama's actions would remain unresolved at a time when a plethora of GOP presidential candidates are aggressively pledging to reverse his unilateral moves, according to Politico.


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