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Appeals Court Blocks Obama's Executive Action

On Tuesday, President Obama’s immigration plan to shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation was once again delayed when an appeals court in New Orleans sided with 26 states that argue that Obama was exceeding his presidential authority.

In a 2-1 vote, judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that Obama’s executive action shall stay on hold until further judicial action.

This is the second time since February that Obama’s immigration order was blocked; the first time it was blocked by a judge in a lower court in Texas.

In an effort to fix America’s “broken immigration system,” in November Obama announced that he would take executive action to help undocumented immigrants. His actions have faced criticism from Republicans who argue that his program is granting amnesty to lawbreakers.

In the upcoming months, the 5th Circuit will rule again as to whether the Obama administration can appeal the block to the president’s executive order. However, that decision may be made by a new panel of judges who would consider additional evidence.

The 5th Circuit is known as one of the most conservative in the nation, thus immigration advocates are concerned that it would rule in favor of the plaintiffs.

Marielena Hincapie, the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center said in a conference with reporters that they are disappointed, but this was not unexpected at all.

If the 5th Circuit denies the Obama administration’s appeal, then it may be headed for the Supreme Court, which could delay the enactment of the immigration programs until June 2016, just before the November election – a politically sensitive time.

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If you are concerned about the recent court ruling in New Orleans and how it may affect your immigration case, we would be more than happy to answer your questions and offer you the assistance that you need.