Request to Lift Hold of Obama Immigration Action Denied

USA Today reports that a federal judge in Texas has kept a temporary hold on President Obama’s executive action that sought to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, rejecting a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) request that he allow the action to go ahead. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville refused to lift the preliminary injunction he granted on Feb. 16 at the request of 26 states that oppose Obama’s action. Hanen’s latest ruling confirms the status quo — that the Obama administration is temporarily barred from implementing the policies that would allow as many as 5 million people in the U.S. illegally to remain.

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