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On January 15, 2015, a federal district court in Texas will hear oral argument in Texas, et al. v. United States, the 25-state lawsuit challenging the immigration initiatives announced by President Obama last year on November 20, 2014.

The lawsuit alleges that states will be burdened by the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative and the creation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) initiative.

Here is the link to the complaint filed by 25 states against the Obama Administration in Texas.

The court will hear arguments and decide whether it should issue a preliminary injunction, which would block these initiatives from being implemented.

After hearing the arguments, the court will issue a ruling.

The timing of such rulings can vary, but it is likely the court will issue a ruling before February 20, 2015, the target date the Obama administration has set for accepting applications for the expanded DACA initiative.  Given the high profile of the case, it is also possible that the court may issue a ruling very quickly.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Ruchi Thaker