On Tuesday, a federal appeals court denied the White House's request to lift a hold on President Obama's executive action on immigration.
The left would have protected millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and provided them work permits in the US.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals was urged by the Justice Department to reverse a federal district judge's ruling that temporarily blocked Obama's plan regarding deportations. However, the court ruled against the immigration.
After Obama took immigration reform steps in November, 26 states filed a lawsuit against it. The ruling of 5th Circuit that the hold won't be lifted came after filing of the lawsuit.
They 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 26 state attorneys general who sued the federal government said that Obama had overstepped his authority.
The White House said the two appeals court judges who ruled against the administration chose to misinterpret the facts and the law.
Implementation of a program that would extend work permits and protection against deportation was suspended due to legal power strife. The program was also meant to offer temporary legal relief to the undocumented parents of US citizens and permanent residents that have lived here for at least five years.
Now, the programs will remain on hold until any subsequent appeal is resolved. The ones who benefit from the proposal expressed disappointment. They expressed anger at coming so close to gaining benefits only to see them held back yet again.
President Obama has disregarded the will of the American people and violated the Constitution by unilaterally writing the immigration laws.