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The Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Obama’s Immigration Actions

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About fifty pro-immigration reform demonstrators gathered for a rally outside the United States Supreme Court January 15, 2016 in Washington, DC.Photograph by Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images

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.

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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.

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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.