President Obama's Immigration Orders Seeing Opposition from Federal Judge in Texas
Dreams are deferred for millions of children brought to the United States illegally.
NBC Right Now-- Dreams are deferred for millions of children brought to the United States illegally. They were supposed to begin applying for temporary legal status on Wednesday, but a federal judge has blocked President Obama's orders, which is now leaving millions of immigrants in limbo.
Those orders put up to five million undocumented immigrants on the back burner for deportation. A federal judge in Texas has blocked it.
26 states led by Texas sued. The judge said "there will be no effective way of putting the toothpaste back in the tube" if undocumented immigrants are allowed to stay in the United States legally.
The Justice Department plans to appeal and staff said the law and history are on their side. They also said there is no amnesty in all this because they are not just giving citizenship to anybody.
Pro-immigration groups are making sure immigrants are ready to apply if the ruling is overturned.
Wednesday was just the first deadline. Parents of children who are in the country legally were supposed to begin applying for legal status in May, but that is now on hold.