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US seeks stay of ruling on Obama immigration action

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President Barack Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House, November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government has asked a federal judge to lift his temporary hold on President Barack Obama’s executive action to shield millions of immigrants from deportation.

The Justice Department’s motion for a stay was filed Monday with U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas.

Last week, Hanen issued a preliminary injunction sought by 26 states suing to halt immigration action by Obama, who wants to spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally. The states, led by Texas, have argued Obama’s action is unconstitutional.

Legal experts say it is unlikely Hanen will put his ruling on hold, meaning the request would then go before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

 

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