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Temporary injunction sought against president's immigration order

Immigrant advocates demand legal action be dropped

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SAN ANTONIO – Texas is among 25 states that will have their day in court Thursday seeking a temporary injunction against President Obama's executive order allowing nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants to temporarily stay in the U.S. under certain conditions.

The hearing will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in a Brownsville federal court. A spokesman for the Texas Attorney General's Office said there will be no witnesses, only oral arguments with no time limits. It is unknown when Federal Judge Andrew Hanen will hand down his decision.

Texas and the other states are trying to stop what they consider an overreach of Presidential powers.

The court filing reads, "The plaintiff states would be forced to spend millions to remediate the directive's consequences."

It also refers to President Obama conceding, "It will be difficult or impossible to unravel once it takes effect."

In advance of the hearing, immigrant advocates gathered Wednesday in front of the Federal Courthouse in San Antonio demanding Attorney General and Governor-elect Greg Abbott drop the lawsuit.

Joaquin Guerra with the Texas Organizing Project who led the rally, said Thursday's hearing is "just a PR political stunt and a direct attack on immigrant families."

At his side were service industry and domestic workers who said the executive order will help their legal standing with employers who threaten them with deportation if they complain.

"They overwork them for 12 to 14 hours a day and they pay them very little," said Teresa Barajas, with Domesticas Unidas.

Guerra also voiced concern about the current record number of deportations.

"This is about humanity. This is about keeping families together," Guerra said.

The hearing on the temporary injunction comes the same week the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to block the executive order. However, it could face tough going in the U.S. Senate, in addition to a Presidential veto.

But Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said he believes the President did not have authority to do what he did, although others argue there is legal precedent.

Still, Rubio said, "I think it makes people even more reluctant to cooperate."