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Obama to Appeal Immigration Ruling to Supreme Court

President Barack Obama will take his immigration case to the Supreme Court after an appeals court struck it down.

“The Department of Justice remains committed to taking steps that will resolve the immigration litigation as quickly as possible in order to allow DHS to bring greater accountability to our immigration system by prioritizing the removal of the worst offenders, not people who have long ties to the United States and who are raising American children,” said Patrick Rodenbush, a spokesman for the Justice Department. “The Department disagrees with the Fifth Circuit’s adverse ruling and intends to seek further review from the Supreme Court of the United States.”

The New York Times reports:

A ruling from the Supreme Court, which could come by next summer, is likely to be the last chance for Mr. Obama to begin carrying out the plan — known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans — before handing the presidency to his successor in 2017, possibly to a Republican who could refuse to move forward.

On Monday, a three-judge panel from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled 2-1 against the administration, keeping in place a ban on the president’s actions that was imposed by a federal district court judge in Texas last February.

Mr. Obama asserted the executive power of his office to reshape the nation’s immigration rules after years in which he was repeatedly blocked from a legislative overhaul by Republicans in Congress.

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