The Obama administration will seek to lift the injunction of a Texas judge who this week ruled against the president’s plans to defer deportations of millions of migrants in the country illegally, officials said Friday.
Justice Department lawyers will file papers no later than Monday to stay the judicial order, said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
“There is a solid legal foundation for the president to take the steps that he announced late last year to reform our broken immigration system,” Earnest said.
The decision to seek a stay is in addition to a general appeal of the order that is the latest development in legal battle that may go all the way to the Supreme Court.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, based in Brownsville, Texas, ruled Monday that Obama exceeded his legal authorizing in taking executive actions to defer deportations for migrants who are in the country illegally.
Obama vowed to appeal, noting that other courts have backed him up and he is within his rights to reform the immigration system and better protect the border. The president has said his plans are designed to keep families together and provide relief for people who are contributing to the economy or seeking an education.
The Department of Homeland Security has put new immigration programs on hold because of the legal uncertainty.
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SOURCE: USA Today, David Jackson