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In a hearing set for Thursday in Brownsville, Texas, federal Justice Department officials are to answer questions about claims that they made misleading statements related to President Obama executive immigration plan. The hearing is part of an ongoing lawsuit filed by 26 states against Obama's executive order; a federal judge's decision on the case last month put the immigration plan temporarily on hold.
In a hearing set for Thursday in Brownsville, Texas, federal Justice Department officials are to answer questions about claims that they made misleading statements related to President Obama executive immigration plan. The hearing is part of an ongoing lawsuit filed by 26 states against Obama's executive order; a federal judge's decision on the case last month put the immigration plan temporarily on hold.
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Hearing Set on Allegations in Immigration Lawsuit - Associated Press In a planned hearing Thursday in Texas, federal Justice Department officials are to answer questions about "claims that they misled a judge about when part of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration was implemented." It's part of an ongoing lawsuit filed by 26 states against Obama's executive order. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen put the plan on hold last month. The claim is that U.S. officials told Hanen that the order had not been implemented, while some Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients had already been processed.

Republicans Ask Court To Keep Obama Immigration Programs Stalled - Huffington Post From the story: "Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and Reps. Bob Goodlatte (Va.) and Lamar Smith (Texas) -- along with the the American Center for Law and Justice filed an amicus brief on Wednesday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking it not to lift an injunction on President Barack Obama's immigration executive actions as courts consider a case from 26 states aiming to block the programs." The Obama administration has asked that the court lift the injunction, so that its immigration plan which could grant temporary legal status to millions can proceed. 

Google executive: Split high-skilled immigration from other reforms - The Hill Google chairman Eric Schmidt says he wants Congress to consider reforms to high-skilled worker visa programs separately from those involving legalization of unauthorized immigrants and other issues. He said during a speaking engagement this week that Congress can "deal with the other immigration issue, which are very serious and very important, separately."

An influx of immigrants getting driver's licenses also means more organ donors - Orange County Register From the story: "Between Jan. 2 and March 13, 306,745 people signed up to the Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, an increase of 67,518 registrants over the same period last year, said a spokeswoman for the organization that manages the organ, eye and tissue registry." It's the first such jump in years, and organization officials believe it has to do with AB 60, the state law allowing immigrants without legal status to apply for driver's licenses.