WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court has uphold the dismissal of a lawsuit over President Barack Obama’s first major executive action to aid illegal immigrants.

The ruling could help the Obama administration fight a more significant suit that has resulted in Obama’s second wave of immigration orders being halted nationwide.

A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that several immigration agents and the state of Mississippi lacked legal standing to sue over Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program because evidence that the agents or the state would be harmed by the effort was too speculative.

In February, a federal judge based in Brownsville, Texas issued an injunction against Obama’s decision last year to expand the DACA program to give quasi-legal status and work permits to millions more illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as minors.

The order from U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen also barred the Department of Homeland Security from moving forward with a plan to extend the same benefits to illegal immigrant parents of U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Rulings of one three-judge panel on legal issues are binding on other panels of the appeals court, including one expected to hear arguments on the Obama administration’s request to stay Hanen’s injunction against the second wave of Obama immigration actions.

Hanen refused to lift the preliminary injunction he granted on Feb. 16 at the request of 26 states that oppose Obama’s action.

The administration is temporarily barred from implementing the policies that would allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to stay.

The 5th Circuit is widely considered the most conservative federal appeals court in the country. Among active judges, it leans 2-1 Republican.

The court will hear arguments on whether the injunction should be lifted on April 17.

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