Justice Department To File Emergency Stay Of Texas Court Decision

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the Justice Department, led by Attorney General Eric Holder, will file a request for an emergency stay of the Texas court decision that blocked President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

If a judge grants a stay in the decision, President Obama would be allowed to implement his program to allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the country and obtain work visas while the legality of his executive actions is weighed by a higher court.

The decision comes as a bit of a surprise, after Obama administration sources told ABC News on Tuesday that the Department of Justice was unlikely to seek an emergency stay to block the impact of the Texas decision.