The Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Obama’s Immigration Actions by Robert Hackett @FortuneMagazine January 19, 2016, 2:33 PM EST E-mail Tweet Facebook Linkedin Share icons The United States Supreme Court said Tuesday that it will hear a challenge to a far-reaching executive order on immigration that President Barack Obama issued in 2014. The president’s order proposed to grant more than 4 million illegal immigrants possible protection from deportation and access to work permits through a program called “deferred action for parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents.” Obama’s executive action aimed to bypass Congress, then dominated by Republican party. Get Power Sheet, Fortune’s daily leadership newsletter. Twenty-six states, including Texas, opposed the president’s move and sued to block it on the grounds that the president had abused his power. They won two rulings in lower courts: the first in a Texas-based district court in Feb. of last year, and the second in a New Orleans, La.-based appeals court nine months later. Now the nation’s highest court has agreed to hear the case, United States v. Texas, No. 15-674. The court’s nine justices are set to reach a decision by end of June. For more on the Supreme Court, watch: Executive orders have become a popular tool for the White House to circumvent the legislative branch. The president most recently issued one to beef up gun control regulations.