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DOJ to seek stay of ruling on Obama immigration action

4 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago Friday, February 20 2015 Feb 20, 2015 February 20, 2015 12:06 PM February 20, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department will seek a stay of a federal judge's decision temporarily blocking President Barack Obama's action to protect millions of immigrants from deportation.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the paperwork will be filed with the court by Monday.

Earnest said Friday that the decision to seek a stay is separate from the administration's plan to appeal Monday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas.

Earnest says Obama's advisers believe the president acted within his rights last year when he used his executive authority to spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally.

The judge's ruling came in response to a lawsuit against Obama's actions that was filed by a coalition of states, led by Texas.

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