States Win Bid To Block Obama's Immigration Actions

Law360, New York (February 17, 2015, 9:53 AM EST) -- A Texas federal court on Monday sided with 26 states and temporarily halted new deferred deportation policies created by President Barack Obama's executive actions, just days before some of the changes were slated to go into effect.

Confirming the fears of some immigration activists, U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen granted the states' request for a preliminary injunction of the policies, which could impact an estimated 4.4 million people. In a lengthy opinion that stretched 123-pages, the judge ruled that implementing one of the new programs would violate the procedural requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act.

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