A petition challenging US President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive action for providing relief to the immigrants from the deportation threat was turned down by a US appeals court on Tuesday. The court upheld a lower court’s prior ruling into the case.
A panel constituting the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals from New Orleans found that the plaintiffs in the case- a group of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and the state of Mississippi that are disappointed by the directives of White House- had not shown that they had been harmed by the rule for keeping the case alive.
“We conclude that neither the agents nor the state of Mississippi has demonstrated the concrete and particularized injury required to give them standing to maintain this suit,” said the decision.
The decision comes at a time when the same appellate court has prepared to hear the appeal of Obama administration over challenging a landmark immigration overhaul launched last year that would allow approximately 4.7 million illegal immigrants stay without deportation threat.
In February, the overhaul was put on hold after a federal Texas judge ruled that the Democratic President had failed to provide adequate public notice for his plans.
A federal district court judge had earlier rejected the case. The court had, however, discovered that the ICE agents had standing as plaintiffs.