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The government will seek a stay of a judge’s decision that has temporarily blocked President Obama’s action to protect millions of immigrants from deportation, the White House said Friday.

The Justice Department paperwork will be filed with a federal court in Texas by Monday, said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Earnest said the decision to seek a stay is separate from the administration’s plan to appeal Monday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas. He said Obama’s advisers believe the president acted within his rights last year when he used his executive authority to spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally.

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