Staying the Course on Immigration

Lawyers for the Justice Department are requesting legal action in order to allow President Obamas' executive actions on immigration to move forward, The Hill reported. The actions have been halted since last week when a federal judge in Texas ruled in favor of 26 states who sued to block them.

The department's request for a 'stay' of the injunction would allow the administration to move forward with deportation deferrals under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and work visas for millions of undocumented immigrants. The stay was filed in addition to a formal appeal so work may continue while the suit makes its way through the courts.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday, "The administration believes that a stay should be granted because the judge's ruling in this case only makes it harder for the Department of Homeland Security to protect the American people and bring much needed accountability to our nation's immigration system." 

The stay would be seen as a victory for activists as well as the administration, which faces strong opposition to changes in immigration policy from republicans in Congress. With funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) set to run out on February 28, House Republicans have been refusing to pass a bill including enough money to cover the Presidents immigration programs. Democrats are expected to block every version of the DHS funding bill that does not leave Obama's actions on immigration intact.


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