The Obama administration plans to move next week to get a delay of the federal judge’s ruling blocking the new deportation-delay policy, the White House told news reporters on Friday. The challenge will be filed no later than Monday, according to the president’s press secretary, Josh Earnest, as quoted by various media.
It was not immediately clear whether the postponement request will be filed with the judge in District Court in Texas, or with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The normal route would be to start in the District Court. The press secretary indicated that a postponement will be sought to allow at least some resumption of the policy while a government appeal proceeds.
Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Brownsville on Monday ruled that the administration had not followed proper procedures in adopting the program that would lead to deferral of deportation for up to five million undocumented immigrants.