The Justice Department will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay an appellate court ruling that President Barack Obama’s move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation should remain on hold, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday in favor of 26 states challenging Obama’s executive action on immigration.
The immigration order was first put on hold by Texas Judge Andrew Hanen in February after the states, all led by Republican governors, argued that taking in migrants would be overly burdensome.
The 5th Circuit will hear the administration’s appeal of the injunction in July.
An administration official said the White House did not want to add to the confusion surrounding the status of the immigration action by seeking a Supreme Court stay at this time.
Instead, the Obama administration will hold off on going to the Supreme Court until after the 5th Circuit rules on its appeal, the official said.
(Reporting by Julia Edwards; Editing by Sandra Maler and Peter Cooney)