By Tristan Lejeune - 01/15/16 07:24 AM EST
The Supreme Court could announce as early as Friday whether it will be taking up President Obama’s appeal to save his executive action on immigration, according to a Reuters report.
Declining to hear the case would effectively kill the program, whereas taking it up would immediately make it one of the most-watched cases of the court’s current term.
Twenty-six GOP-led states sued to stop Obama’s 2014 executive action, which bypassed Congress to prevent the deportation of 4 million immigrations with no criminal records and children who are U.S. citizens.
A Texas court and the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Obama had exceeded his authority with the move.
The court’s decision could come as soon as Friday afternoon.