The conservative-leaning Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments Friday in a case involving President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration.
The Obama administration is appealing a Texas federal judge's decision to issue a temporary injunction in February that blocked the immigration orders, signed in November, from taking effect until the issue is resolved in court.
That action from the Texas Judge came in response to a lawsuit against the new immigration programs brought by a group of 26 mostly Republican-run states. In their lawsuit filed in December, the states argued in part that the immigration directives will add an undue burden to state budgets.
In May, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the administration's request for an emergency stay of the Texas judge's injunction.
The Obama administration is now appealing the larger decision by the Texas judge. An appeals panel of three judges will hear the case. Two of those judges, who are conservative, were part of the May decision that blocked the administration's request for an emergency stay of the injunction.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is located in New Orleans. Chicago-area immigrant advocates are joining other activists from across the country in New Orleans on Friday to rally in support of Obama's executive orders, which would shield up to five million undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Over 50 immigrant leaders with the Illinois Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and allied groups are among those demonstrating in New Orleans.
"The current court order that is blocking administrative relief prevents millions of immigrants across the nation from accessing protections that allow them to fully and fearlessly contribute to their communities," said ICIRR CEO Lawrence Benito. "We are confident that this delay is temporary, and we have worked tirelessly to prepare Illinois immigrants so they are ready for administrative relief when it is implemented."