Appeals panel hears arguments on Obama immigration action
NEW ORLEANS - With hundreds of immigration activists rallying outside, a federal appeals court panel heard arguments on whether it should revive President Barack Obama's plan that could protect 5 million people living in the United States illegally from deportation.
Republicans criticized the plan as an illegal executive overreach when Obama announced it in November. And 26 states challenged the plan in court.
A federal judge in Texas sided with those states and issued an injunction, which the Obama administration appealed.
The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Friday. The panel isn't expected to rule immediately.
Either side could appeal a loss to the full 5th Circuit or the Supreme Court - a process that would eat up time with only about a year and a half left in Obama's second term.