HOUSTON (AP) - A federal appeals court has scheduled an April 17 court hearing to listen to arguments about whether to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans announced the hearing in a court order issued on Tuesday.
Obama's plan - which could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally - was blocked last month by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, following a lawsuit filed by 26 states.
The U.S. government earlier this month filed an emergency motion with the 5th Circuit, asking it to lift Hanen's preliminary injunction.
The 26 states, led by Texas, say they will suffer irreversible harm if the injunction is lifted.
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