The conservative-leaning Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals sided against the Obama administration Monday in a case involving the president's executive orders on immigration.
The appeals court's 2-1 ruling keeps a Texas federal judge's injunction in place that prevented Obama's immigration orders from taking effect.
The administration plans to appeal the Fifth Circuit's decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"The Department of Justice remains committed to taking steps that will resolve the immigration litigation as quickly as possible in order to allow (the Department of Homeland Security) 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," reads a statement from 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."
Obama's immigration executive orders, signed last November, look to shield undocumented parents of children with legal status from deportation for three years, in addition to extending deferred action to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children and were not covered under the original Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The executive orders are being challenged in court by a group of 26 mostly Republican-run states.
Among the groups speaking out against Monday's ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).
"The Fifth Circuit decision is wrongheaded and mean-spirited, in a case that was politically driven and had no legal basis to begin with," NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy said in a statement. "Issuing this simplistic decision, with hardly a nod toward fair process, makes a mockery of our legal system and gives short shrift to the actual legal questions involved."
Chicago-based Organized Communities Against Deportations also issued a statement in response to the appeals court's decision and announced plans for a November 21 march against deportations:
Our communities waited for nearly a year to receive the news that once again relief is delayed. While Obama's executive actions are on their way to the Supreme Court, one thing is clear for the undocumented community: deportations continue and so does our organizing.
We have never won anything by waiting, and in Chicago we will not wait as our families continue to be separated, our homes raided, and as the collaboration between police and ICE continues.
Cases like that of Manuel Roman, who is scheduled to be deported this week, are the reality many undocumented people are living post November 20, 2014. While there is still no relief from deportation for the undocumented community across the nation, we have seen how ICE manipulates DHS's guidelines to further criminalize, and lock-up members of our community to eventually deport them.
The President doesn't need the courts to give relief from deportations to the 11 million undocumented people living in the U.S.. Obama can start by ending immigrant detention and programs like P.E.P., C.A.R.I., and any other program that ultimately ends in the criminalization, detention and deportation of our communities.
The crisis our community faces continues, we will not celebrate symbolic actions, we will organize and we will fight the criminalization of our communities.
On November 21, 2015 we will meet at Harrison Park in Pilsen at 10 am to march to the local ICE offices demanding an end to deportations.