Today, A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments from Justice Department lawyers arguing that U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen erred in February when he blocked the Administration’s Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs.
Judge Hanen ruled that DACA and DAPA expansion be halted until the constitutionality of the programs are determined. The ruling is one of many political attempts to undermine the actions President Obama took on immigration, and today’s hearing will give the Obama administration a chance to convince the federal appeals court to lift the lower-court ruling.
The three-judge panel set to hear the case today is made up of two Republican appointees and one Obama appointee. No matter what the court’s decision, the case will likely end up in the Supreme Court through the appeal process.