Well, simply put, the court’s decision is nowhere near the last word on the President’s Executive Action.
First, lets talk about how the legal battle against Immigration reform started.
It all started when 26 states, led by Texas, banned together to file a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s Executive Action. The Texas-led coalition of states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The states filed suit in order to stop the immigration reform programs and filed a temporary injunction to put a hold or “stay” on the programs before their lawsuit moved through the courts.
Federal conservative Judge, Andrew S. Hannen, agreed with the 26 states and temporarily blocked the executive action by using a Preliminary Injunction. This means the court put a hold on the start of the program, so that it does not start until the suit has gone through the court system. The Department of Justice then appealed this hold to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, while thousands of people in California continued to prepare for the Executive action programs known as DACA and DAPA.
On Tuesday May 26, 2015, The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals refused to lift the hold or “stay” on Obama’s immigration reform executive action. The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, that it would now prepare and focus on the actual appeal of the injunction to the Appeals Court. The appeal is expected to start in July. According to thehill.com, Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush stated the following regarding the injunction: “The best way to win the case is to focus on the ongoing appeal on the merits of the preliminary injunction itself. That appeal has been proceeding on an expedited basis, and the 5th Circuit is expected to hear argument the week of July 6.”