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Federal Court Halts Immigration Reform

A Texas judge blocked President Obama's Executive Order that would have granted partial amnesty to an estimated 4.7 million undocumented immigrants.

Brownsville U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a preliminary injunction at the behest of 26 red states. Judge Hanen ruled that President Obama exceeded his executive authority by bypassing Congress on what was a legislative issue. He added that "the states have clearly proven a likelihood of success on the merits" of the case.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott commented that the President "abdicated his responsibility to uphold the United States Constitution when he attempted to circumvent the laws passed by Congress via executive fiat, and Judge Hanen's decision rightly stops the president's overreach in its tracks." President Obama vowed an appeal all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, insisting that " the law is on our side and history is on our side."

The federal government's immigration reform may be either temporarily or permanently on hold, but reform in California is proceeding as planned. The state was ready to deal with the flood of applicants in the first few weeks after Assembly Bill 60 took effect this past January, with more workers at local DMV offices and a slate of employees to review documents.

Even if you don't have immigration papers or your documents are out of date, you are now eligible for a California drivers' license if you pass the oral and written tests, can provide proof of identity and current residence and meet certain other qualifications.

If you have questions about the new law, speak to an attorney regularly practicing in a Tulare County traffic court.