A federal judge in Texas has blocked President Obama’s policy deferring the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.
In a 123-page opinion handed down late Monday, Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that the Department of Homeland Security did not allow public comment on its rules implementing Obama’s executive action. He issued a preliminary injunction blocking the administration from implementing the deferred deportment program.
The White House immediately said that the Justice Department would appeal the decision.
“The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that the federal government can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws—which is exactly what the President did when he announced commonsense policies to help fix our broken immigration system,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a middle-of-the-night statement.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, filed suit in December on behalf of Texas and 26 other states opposed executive action proposed by Obama in November.