President Barack Obama’s efforts to save an estimated 5 million immigrants from deportation was blocked by a federal appeals court.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a decision by a Texas judge to prevent immigrants in the country illegally from remaining in the U.S.
The Nov. 9 ruling was expected, as the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is considered one of the most conservative in the country.
“Today’s ruling is not a surprise but is still a disappointment,” Mi Familia Vota Executive Director Ben Monterroso said.
“We have understood from the beginning of this politically driven lawsuit that the case would likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court. We urge the U.S. Department of Justice to waste no time in filing an appeal to the Supreme Court.”
“As a country we are better than the detention, deportation and destruction of families,” Maria Jumar, CEO of advocacy group Voto Latino added.
“This decision affects our mothers, our fathers, our neighbors and our friends. I am confident that the Supreme Court will do what the 5th Circuit failed to do, and lift the injunction on the Obama administration’s executive action.”