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Judge Maintains Block On Obama's Executive Actions On Immigration

In Texas, a federal judge is still holding strong to a temporary block on a White House immigration plan that is protecting millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, which is a city that borders Mexico, has refused a U.S. Justice Department request to remove a ban on the block he issued in February.

Twenty-six U.S. states have filed a lawsuit alleging that Obama has exceeded his powers with executive orders that would allow 4.7 million illegal immigrants to stay in the country without fearing deportation. Obama bypassed Congress when they could not come to an agreement on immigration reform.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that the Obama administration misled the court with regard to early implementation of expanded work permits to illegal immigrants. The issue lies with the U.S. government filing that said that 100,000 people were given three-year periods of deferred action before the judge's injunction.

Paxton also said, "Any premature implementation could have serious consequences, inflicting irreparable harm on our state, and this ruling is key in determining the extent to which the federal government did not present the full truth in this case.”

The court also rejected a challenge to Obama's 2012 executive action granting deportation relief to immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children--this upholds the lower court's earlier ruling.

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