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Court won't lift hold on Obama immigration action

US appeals court won't lift hold on Obama immigration action that could shield millions

Court won't lift hold on Obama immigration action

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A federal appeals court has refused to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's executive action that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation.

A 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel issued the 2-1 ruling Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Justice had asked the court to reverse a Texas judge's decision temporarily blocking the president's plan, after 26 states filed a lawsuit. It wasn't immediately clear if the DOJ would appeal.

The states say Obama's action is unconstitutional. The White House says the president acted within his powers to fix a "broken immigration system."

The president's plan, which includes protecting the parents of U.S. citizens from deportation, could help as many as 5 million immigrants illegally living in the U.S.


Updated : 2021-09-22 10:20 GMT+08:00