The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit dealt a stinging rebuke to President Barack Obama today when it refused a call from his administration to overturn an injunction preventing the administration from moving forward with the president’s plan to provide amnesty to as many as 4.3 million illegal aliens through its so-called “Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents” program.

In its straightforward conclusion against the administration’s claims, the court quoted the U.S. Constitution and the immigration law of the United States.

In its plea to the court, the administration had argued that the injunction was wrong because a single court should not be able to impose an injunction on the implementation of the president’s amnesty program nationwide. It also argued that the 26 states suing to stop the president’s unilateral action were not suffering any real damage that gave them standing to sue the federal government.

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