US seeks stay of ruling blocking Obama immigration action

U.S. Southern District Judge Andrew S. Hanen, left, joins with Filemon B. Vela, Jr. and Blanca Vela for the Pledge of Allegiance during the United States Courthouse naming ceremony in Brownsville, Texas. Hanen temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders. (AP Photo/The Brownsville Herald, Brad Doherty, File)

HOUSTON (AP) — The federal government has filed a notice of appeal of a ruling that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

The three-page notice was filed Monday with U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas. The appeal will be handled by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court in New Orleans.

Court documents detailing the legal arguments were expected to be filed at a later date.

Hanen issued a preliminary injunction last week that put on hold Obama's orders, issued in November, that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people in the U.S. illegally.

Federal officials on Monday also asked Hanen to put the injunction on hold.

Hanen's decision gives a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aimed at permanently stopping the orders.

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