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Immigration activists protest outside the federal appeals court in New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. The activists are accusing the federal appeals court in New Orleans of delaying a ruling about President Barack Obama's immigration proposal in an effort to prevent it from reaching the U.S. Supreme Court during the current term. Left to right are Nora Hernandez, of Albuquerque, N.M., Myrta Venture, of Silver Spring, Md., Mayra Jannet Ramierz, of Mountain Hope, Ark. and Miguel H. Claros, of Silver Spring. (Gerald Herbert/AP)
Immigration activists protest outside the federal appeals court in New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. The activists are accusing the federal appeals court in New Orleans of delaying a ruling about President Barack Obama's immigration proposal in an effort to prevent it from reaching the U.S. Supreme Court during the current term. Left to right are Nora Hernandez, of Albuquerque, N.M., Myrta Venture, of Silver Spring, Md., Mayra Jannet Ramierz, of Mountain Hope, Ark. and Miguel H. Claros, of Silver Spring. (Gerald Herbert/AP)
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A federal appeals court decision may spell the end to President Obama's immigration plan, which would prevent nearly 5 million people who in the U.S. illegally from being deported. The ruling also sets the stage for a potential Supreme Court battle.

The 2 to 1 decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Texas-based judge's challenge to the deferred deportation program, stating that the program would essentially grant "lawful presence and work authorization to any illegal alien in the United States."

The White House has argued that the executive branch was acting legally in its decision to defer deportation of selected immigrant groups, including children who were brought to the country legally.

Alan Gomez, an immigration reporter with USA Today, discusses the ruling and the implications with Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson.

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This segment aired on November 10, 2015.

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