A federal appeals court decision that kept a hold on President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration reflects the country's view on the issue, according to a survey.
came out with a poll that concluded 56 percent of likely American voters are against the president's plan that would grant amnesty to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States.
The survey results were released last month.
A similar Rasmussen survey in February found that 51 percent of Americans were opposed to Obama's plan, down from 62 percent last August — which came out before the exact details of the amnesty plan were publicly known.
The April survey found that 35 percent of Americans supported the administration's plan, while just 25 percent thought Obama has the legal authority to grant amnesty without Congress' approval.
saw two of the three judges on a panel rule in favor of a challenge to the president's immigration plan. In February, a Texas judge put Obama's immigration orders on hold after Republican governors from 26 states challenged them.
"The president's attempt to bypass the will of the American people was successfully checked again today," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday.
The White House pushed back at Tuesday's ruling, with spokesperson Brandi Hoffine saying, "The president's actions ... are squarely within the bounds of his authority and they are the right thing to do for the country."
The Department of Justice has decided not to ask
the Supreme Court to review the court's decision.
Conservatives pledged their support for the ruling
, saying Obama does not have the authority to grant amnesty.
"The separation of powers and checks and balances remain the law of the land, and this decision is a victory for those committed to preserving the rule of law in America," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said.
"Telling illegal aliens that they are now lawfully present in this country, and awarding them valuable government benefits, is a drastic change in immigration policy. The president's attempt to do this by himself, without a law passed by Congress and without any input from the states, is a remarkable violation of the U.S. Constitution and laws."
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