The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has knocked down an Obama administration request to lift a stay issued earlier this year on the implementation of President Obama's December 2014 executive action on illegal immigration. His executive action shields 5 million illegal immigrants in the United States from immediate deportation.
In February, Federal Judge Andrew S. Hanen first issued the stay and denied a request for it to be lifted by the administration in April. Hanen also publicly scolded Department of Justice attorneys, slammed Homeland Security for failing to comply with the stay and questioned President Obama's integrity over the issue. Twenty-six states, with Texas leading the way, brought the lawsuit against the action late last year.
The administration can now make a direct appeal to the Supreme Court for a ruling. Because this is an emergency case, the Supreme Court could take up the case and come up with a decision within the next two weeks.
This post has been updated.