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Texas judge stops president’s executive order on immigration from taking effect

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President Obama addresses the nation about immigration Credit: POOL

DALLAS, Texas – A federal judge is stopping the federal government from implementing President Obama’s executive order on immigration.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a preliminary injunction, which would prevent the government from moving forward with “any and all aspects” of the order.

In November, President Obama announced his plan to protect millions of people who were in the United States illegally from immediate deportation.

The executive order would allow those illegal immigrants who qualify the chance to stay temporarily in the country for three years, as long as they pass background checks and pay back taxes.

However, they will not be offered a path to eventual citizenship, be eligible for federal benefits or health care programs.

“If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. If you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported. If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up,” Obama said.

Following the president’s announcement, 26 states challenged the executive order.

Now, Hanen’s ruling will allow a lawsuit filed by those 26 states, including Texas, to move forward in the judicial process.

Hanen said the administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act.

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