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Hearing Set On Allegations In Immigration Lawsuit

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Justice Department attorneys are preparing to answer questions about claims that they misled a judge about when part of President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration was implemented.

A Thursday hearing is set in federal court in Brownsville, Texas, related to a lawsuit filed by 26 states against Obama’s plan, which could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people in the U.S. illegally.

The immigration action was put on hold last month by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, a move the U.S. government is appealing. At issue Thursday is a claim by the states that the U.S. government told Hanen before his injunction that the immigration action hadn’t been implemented.

The Justice Department says 100,000 individuals were granted reprieves before the injunction under guidelines from a separate program. (AP)