The Obama administration today opened two fronts in trying to lift the injunction against its immigration plans, first by asking the federal judge in Texas who issued the injunction to stay it and second by appealing the decision to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

The request for a stay — or a confinement of the injunction to cover Texas only — was filed with  U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, who last Monday ordered a halt to the administration’s immigration program because of faults he found in the rule-making process used to implement it.

The injunction was issued so the court could go forward with a lawsuit by 26 states that claim Obama’s immigration plan will harm their states because of increased costs for health care, education and other services.

The judge’s order came just two days before the administration was to commence with an expansion of DACA, or Deferred Acton for Childhood Arrivals, that would’ve enabled hundreds of thousands to gain residency authorization and potentially a work permit. A second program, DAPA, or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, was set to begin in May for some 4 million other individuals.

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