Appeals court rules against Obama's immigration action
NEW ORLEANS - President Barack Obama's plan to protect from deportation an estimated 5 million people living in the United States illegally has suffered another setback in court.
In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a Texas-based judge's injunction blocking the Obama administration's immigration initiative.
Republicans had criticized the plan as an illegal executive overreach when Obama announced it last November. Twenty-six states challenged the plan in court.
The administration argued that the executive branch was within its rights in deciding to defer deportation of selected groups of immigrants.
Part of the initiative included expansion of a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, protecting young immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Army Corps re-studying Amite River hoping for flood relief
Study finds Baton Rouge police significantly underpaid compared to other departments
Frenchtown Road Bridge remains closed for emergency repairs
Sheriff: High school student caught in gunfire, killed overnight
Ascension teachers produce music video to hype students for LEAP testing
Tiger fans pumped for LSU's new athletic director
LSU introduces Scott Woodward as university's new athletics director
Coach O talks new AD Scott Wooodward, Joe Alleva's exit
LSU Gymnastics Prepares for NCAA Championship Final
Baton Rouge native said to replace Joe Alleva as LSU Athletics Director