As the U.S. Department of Justice readies its defense of President Barack Obama’s immigration executive order in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, its arguments have drawn an unexpected boost from a panel of that same court.

A unanimous three-judge panel in Crane v. Johnson held on Tuesday that the state of Mississippi and several federal U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents lacked standing to challenge the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

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