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Deadline looms for American states to respond in immigration suit

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM


A deadline is nearing for a coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration to respond to a request by the United States (US) government to lift a temporary hold of the orders.

The states have until next Tuesday to submit court documents detailing why US District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas should not lift a preliminary injunction.




Hanen issued the injunction on February 16 that halted Obama's order, which could spare from deportation as many as five million people who are in the US illegally. Texas leads the 26-state coalition that sought the injunction, arguing that Obama's executive action was unconstitutional.

The US government has asked Hanen to stay his injunction while it appeals to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.