November 20, 2015 10:59 AM EST


The Justice Department filed its appeal today in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of President Obama’s immigration plan that would shield up to 5 million people from deportation.

The government is moving unusually quickly. Just last week, a federal appeals court agreed with Texas and 25 other states that said that the administration illegally tried to put the policy into place without getting public comment first.

By filing the appeal so promptly, the administration is hoping it can get this issue heard and decided during the current Supreme Court term.

Texas and the states now have 30 days by which to…

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