Calling a federal judge’s injunction against President Obama’s immigration policy directives “unprecedented and wrong,” the Department of Justice on Thursday asked the 5th Circuit to lift the hold.

Twenty-six Republican-controlled states sued Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other top immigration officials in December 2014, claiming Obama’s deferred deportation programs are unconstitutional because they exceeded his presidential powers.

The 5th Circuit on Friday said it will give the Republican states until March 23 to respond to the feds’ motion.

The injunction is preventing the Department of Homeland Security from implementing executive orders that could give around 5 million undocumented immigrants the right to live in the United States without fear of deportation until the end of Obama’s term.

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