Obama's executive action on immigration heads to Supreme Court

The administration of President Barack Obama today announced that it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the lower court order that is blocking implementation of his executive actions on immigration.

The Justice Department said it will appeal yesterday's ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which reaffirmed the block imposed by Federal Judge Andrew Hanen in February that prevents the implementation of DAPA, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Permanent Residents of the United States, and the expansion of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

It is possible that the Supreme Court will review the case and announce its ruling in mid-2016, giving President Obama time to implement his measures, which would give temporary protection from possible deportation to 5 million undocumented immigrants by giving them permission to live and work legally in the country.