Texas federal judge leaves block on Obama immigration plan in place

The border crossing into Mexico is seen through the border fence at the United States-Mexico border along the Rio Grande river in Brownsville, Texas(Reuters) – A federal judge in Texas on Monday declined to lift a block of the White House’s immigration plan for at least 10 more days, court records show. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the border with Mexico, issued a preliminary injunction last month halting President Barack Obama’s plans that would have shielded millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. On Monday, Hanen said in a one-page order that the court will not rule on any pending motions at least until a court hearing set for March 19, where government attorneys will have to explain a filing that said some 100,000 people had been given three-year periods of deferred action prior to the judge’s injunction. He also cited ways that Texas would be harmed by the action but used no other states as examples.

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