Immigration

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HOUSTON  — A federal judge in Texas late Tuesday kept a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's executive action that sought to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, rejecting a U.S. Department of Justice request that he allow the action to go ahead.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville refused to lift the preliminary injunction he granted on Feb. 16 at the request of 26 states that oppose Obama’s action.

Hanen’s latest ruling confirms the status quo — that the Obama administration is temporarily barred from implementing the policies that would allow as many as 5 million people in the U.S. illegally to remain.

More than 40 mothers held in the Karnes Detention Center started a hunger strike Tuesday to protest for their release, according to the San Antonio legal aid organization RAICES. The center detains immigrant families who cross the border illegally.

RAICES says it recorded a phone call with a detainee, which it posted to YouTube. In it, a woman speaking in Spanish confirms the strike and reports that more women are joining up.

NPR

It was a little less than a year ago that tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America crossed the Rio Grande into Texas.   Now as the peak migration season approaches federal officials are watching to see whether a recently implemented plan will prevent another surge of children coming over the southern U.S. border.

From The Texas Standard:

After a federal judge in Brownsville ruled to temporarily block the president's executive order on immigration in February, 25 other states signed on to the lawsuit.

The 26-state coalition, led by Texas, claims the Obama administration's actions were unconstitutional in that they represent an overreach by the executive and impose an "undue burden" on the state.

Hearing Set On Allegations In Immigration Lawsuit

Mar 19, 2015

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Justice Department attorneys are preparing to answer questions about claims that they misled a judge about when part of President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration was implemented.

A Thursday hearing is set in federal court in Brownsville, Texas, related to a lawsuit filed by 26 states against Obama’s plan, which could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people in the U.S. illegally.

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