Texas GOP officials cheer ruling on Obama immigration orders

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas attorney general is hailing a federal judge's decision to temporarily block President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

Attorney General Ken Paxton says U.S. District Judge Hanen's Monday ruling is a win for "the rule of law in America."

Hanen's decision gives a coalition of 26 states led by Texas time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders, which could spare up to five million people in the U.S. from deportation.

Gov. Greg Abbott, who as the state's former attorney general led Texas into the lawsuit, said Hanen's decision "rightly stops the President's overreach in its tracks."

The White House early Tuesday defended the executive orders, saying it was within the president's legal authority.

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