Federal Court Refuses to Lift Hold on Obama Immigration Action

A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. Obama's action could shield as many as 5 million immigrants illegally living in the U.S. from deportation.
Immigrant advocates protested against the ruling, and White House spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine said the two-judge majority in Tuesday's ruling "chose to misinterpret the facts and the law."
But the federal court is not alone in its opposition. Led by Texas, 26 states have sued to stop the plan, which they say would force them to invest more in law enforcement, health care and education. State representatives also argue that Obama acted outside his authority.
Obama announced the executive action in November, saying lack of action by Congress forced him to make sweeping changes to immigration rules on his own.