US appeals court blocks Obama’s immigration action

WASHINGTON, Nov 10:   President Barack Obama’s executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation suffered a legal setback  with an appeal to the Supreme Court now the administration’s only option. The 2-1 decision by the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to uphold an injunction deals a blow to Obama’s plan, opposed by Republicans and challenged by 26 states. The states, all led by Republican governors, said the federal government exceeded its authority in demanding whole categories of immigrants be protected. The Obama administration has said it is within its rights to ask the Department of Homeland Security to use discretion before deporting nonviolent migrants with US family ties. The case has become the focal point of the Democratic president’s efforts to change US immigration policy. Seeing no progress on legislative reform in Congress, Obama announced last November he would take executive action to help immigrants. He has faced criticism from Republicans who say the program grants amnesty to lawbreakers. (AGENCIES)


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