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Georgia In Appeals Court Over Immigration Executive Action

Apr 17, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks about his executive action on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in the District of Columbia on Nov. 20, 2014.
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Georgia along with other 25 states will face the Obama administration in a federal appeals court in New Orleans on Friday over the president's executive action on immigration. 

In November, the president announced programs that would grant deportation relief and temporary work permits for some immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as a child or immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizen children. 

Oliva Saldivar is a mother of two U.S. citizen children. The Sandy Springs resident said she hoped to apply for the president’s plan so she could get a work permit.

“Well, I don’t have a job during the last seven years, and that’s very hard for me because I am a mother," Saldivar said.

But the programs have been put on hold, after a federal judge in Texas issued a stay in February. The move came after 26 states, including Georgia, sued the Obama administration, saying the president overstepped his authority.   

The Obama administration appealed. On Friday, a federal court in New Orleans will hear arguments on whether or not to lift the stay.

The Pew Research Center estimates about 180,000 people in Georgia would be eligible for deportation relief under the president's executive actions.

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