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Obama vows to fight immigration ruling

Obama vows to fight immigration ruling
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday said both law and history on immigration reform were on his side and his administration will appeal the ruling by a Texas judge that has put on hold orders which could save millions of undocumented workers, including Indians, from being deported.

“With respect to the ruling, I disagree with it. I think the law is on our side and history is on our side. And we are going to appeal it,” Obama told reporters at the White House.

“For those who are now wondering whether or not they should apply, we are going to refer those questions to the Department of Homeland Security that has already begun the planning process. We will be prepared to implement this fully as soon as the legal issues get resolved,” he said.

Obama’s remarks came after a federal judge temporarily blocked his executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders on immigration reform. The executive actions are expected to benefit millions of undocumented workers, including illegal immigrants from India.

Obama said, “We are not going to be actually taking applications in until this case is settled. But we are doing the preparatory work because this is a big piece of business and it’s important for us to do in order for us to actually secure our borders effectively and allocate limited resources to the most important tasks and functions that the Department of Homeland Security has.”

“We should not be tearing some mom away from her child when the child has been born here and that mom has been living here for the last 10 years, minding her own business and being a important part of the community,” he said. Obama stressed that the focus should be on stopping people at the borders, going after criminals and felons who can be deported and strengthening the systems for legal immigration.

He insisted that the only way to get a broken immigration system fully fixed is by Congressional action. “We know that there has been bipartisan support in the past with comprehensive immigration reform. I held off taking these executive actions until we had exhausted all possibilities of getting congressional action done,” he said.
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