Obama suffers another defeat on immigration in federal court


A federal appeals court dealt the Obama administration a defeat on Tuesday when it declined to lift a judge’s order blocking the president’s sweeping executive action on immigration.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a Texas judge who issued an injunction preventing the programs from going into effect.

The order came after a group of 26 states filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Obama’s immigration initiatives, which could protect millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

The appeals judges ruled two-to-one that the order must stay in place.
“Because the government is unlikely to succeed on the merits of its appeal of the injunction, we deny the motion for stay and the request to narrow the scope of the injunction,” they wrote.