The White House said it was cautiously confident about an upcoming court decision that could lift the injunction on President Obama's executive action on immigration that could spare millions of illegal immigrations from deportation.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest acknowledged that the court considering the arguments is conservative and not one that has "shown itself to be easily persuaded" by the administration's arguments.
But he said that does not diminish the administration's confidence in the power of its legal arguments.
"We are looking forward to a fair hearing from the judges who sit on the panel, and we have confidence in the Department of Justice to represent the interests of the administration," he said.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will hear arguments Friday in the case. Back in February, Texas Judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction to stop immigration executive actions Obama took back in November.
Those actions expanded the number of illegal immigrants who can qualify for legal protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which offers a form of amnesty to immigrants brought to the U.S. as children that lets them temporarily stay in the country and work. Obama also created the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program, or DAPA, which allows parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents to apply for those same benefits.
Hanen's decision was a response to a lawsuit filed by 26 states that said Obama's executive actions were unlawful.
Aside from the legal arguments surrounding the case, Earnest also stressed that the administration believes the president's immigration executive actions will benefit the country economically and have a "positive impact" on public safety, "ensuring that we have a set of immigration enforcement rules that reflect the values that we hold dear in this country."