The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reports, 5th Circuit in New Orleans hears arguments on Obama immigration action:
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.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has posted the audio of oral arguments:
15-40238 07/10/2015 State of Texas, et al v. USA, et al – MP3
15-40333 07/10/2015 State of Texas, et al v. USA, et al – MP3
Most Court observers believe this three judge panel of the 5th Circuit, the most conservative activist court of the appellate courts, will side with the states against the Obama administration. The Hill reported prior to oral argument, Obama’s immigration orders face dim outlook at federal court .
The losing side will seek en banc review by the full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and/or appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court — which means the immigration executive orders would be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in the middle of a presidential election year, emphasizing the GOP’s anti-immigration stance as the Mass Deportation Party with Latino voters.