U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen

DOJ asks judge to halt immigration ruling, seeks appeal

Reena Flores, CBS NEWS

The government appealed to U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, who ruled last week that Texas and 25 other states have the standing to sue the Obama administration. Government lawyers argue that Hanen not only lacked the authority to issue an injunction against the executive actions, but also said stopping the program would "harm the interests of the public and of third parties who will be deprived of significant law enforcement and humanitarian benefits of prompt implementation."

Obama holds up immigration plan

Associated Press

Talking to reporters, Obama said he disagreed with the ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas that the administration had exceeded its authority. But he said that, for now, he must abide by it. "We're not going to disregard this federal court ruling," Obama said.

Will A Federal Judge In Texas Save Capitol Hill GOP On Amnesty?

We welcome Judge Hanen’s decision because it slows and perhaps may even stop Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty. But the judge’s decision, brought about by principled conservative Attorney’s General and Governors, is a desperate substitute that we welcome only because Republicans in Congress have failed to do the job the Framers of the Constitution envisioned for them.