US pushes to halt block on immigration measures

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WASHINGTON D.C.: The US government on Thursday (Friday in Manila) asked an appeals court to lift an injunction preventing President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms from going forward. Obama had used an executive order to bypass a hostile Congress and drive through measures to protect about four million undocumented foreigners from deportation in November. But in February, just before the measures were to go into effect, a Texas judge issued an emergency injunction until a trial on their legality could be held.

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