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White House Will Ask To Put Decision On Obama's Immigration Action On Hold

The White House will ask a court to allow President Obama's executive actions to take effect, while a case challenging them winds its way through the courts.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the Justice Department has decided to seek a stay and will file that request by Monday.

If you remember, a U.S. District judge from Texas ruled that Obama overstepped his authority when he ordered the delay of the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.

Earnest said seeking a stay is "separate an apart from our intent to pursue an appeal."

He went on: "We will seek that appeal, because we believe that when you evaluate the legal merits of the arguments, there is a solid legal foundation for the president to take the steps that he announced late last year to reform our broken immigration system, that's consistent with the way that previous presidents, over the course of several decades, have used their executive authority."

The Department of Homeland Security has already announced that the Texas court's decision means it will not take applications for deferred action.

Earnest said that will still be the case, unless a court decides to issue a stay.

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