The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, two months after an appeals court upheld an injunction.
“The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted,” the supreme court said in a court document, referring to the case United States, et al. V. Texas, et al. “In addition to the questions presented by the petition, the parties are directed to brief and argue the following question: ‘Whether the Guidance violates the Take Care Clause of the Constitution, Art. II, §3.'”
In November, the U.S. Justice Department had said it would ask the country’s top court to review the case. That news came just a day after the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans decided to uphold a federal judge’s injunction to block Obama’s executive action, which seeks to prevent the deportation of an estimated 5 million people who are living in the United States illegally.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton welcomed Tuesday’s decision. “As federal courts have already ruled three times, there are limits to the President’s authority, and those limits enacted by Congress were exceeded when the President unilaterally sought to grant ‘lawful presence’ to more than 4 million unauthorized aliens who are in this country unlawfully,” he said.
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