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White House asks federal judge to lift immigration injunction

President Obama made history back in November when he signed an executive order calling for the protection of upwards of five million undocumented immigrants from deportation, including an estimated four million parents of citizens or legal permanent residents able to establish U.S. residency for five years.

As expected, the executive order sparked a political firestorm that culminated in 26 states challenging its constitutionality in a federal court in Texas, with these Attorneys General essentially arguing that the President had exceeded his executive authority.

These efforts ultimately proved successful, as the presiding federal judge issued an injunction essentially shutting the entire operation down just hours before it was scheduled to start accepting applications last week.

In recent developments, the Obama Administration filed a motion on Monday asking the judge to stay the injunction while the federal government pursued an appeal of his decision.

Here, the court filing argued that deportation decisions are the sole responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security, that the 26 states lacked legal standing and that the injunction would undermine immigration reform efforts.

It also asked the judge to reach a decision by today, something that legal experts say is unlikely.

These same legal experts are also predicting that there is a very good chance that this separation of powers case will someday end up before the Supreme Court of the United States. However, they also indicate that the administration is likely anxious to avoid such a prolonged legal battle given that President Obama now has less than two years remaining in office.

Stay tuned for updates ...

If you have questions or concerns regarding deportation, or any other U.S. immigration law matter, consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible.

Source: The Los Angeles Times, "Obama administration seeks to reverse Texas judge's immigration ruling," Joseph Tanfani, Feb. 23, 2015

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