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Obama’s order to stop deportations blocked by judge


A United States federal judge has temporarily blocked
President Barack Obama’s executive action to spare a
range of undocumented immigrants from being deported.
US District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision on Monday
gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that
aims to permanently stop orders allowing as many as five
million immigrants to stay in the US.
The federal government is expected to appeal the ruling to
the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, but the
Justice Department had no immediate comment late on
Monday night.
Hanen’s decision will not have any immediate effect
because the first of Obama’s orders – to expand a
programme that protects young immigrants from
deportation if they were brought to the US illegally as
children – is not set to start taking effect until February 18.
The other major part of Obama’s order, which extends
deportation protections to parents of US citizens and
permanent residents who have been in the country for
some years, is not expected to begin until May 19.
In a 2013 ruling in a separate case, Hanen suggested the
Homeland Security Department should be arresting parents
living in the US illegally who induce their children to cross
the border illegally.

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