U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calls Texas judge's decision to suspend Obama's executive action on immigration an ''interim step'' in process he believes will go to higher court. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A judge in Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's orders to shield millions of people who are in the United States illegally from deportation, backing 26 states that argued Obama had overstepped his legal authority. The White House said on Tuesday (February 17) the Justice Department would appeal Monday's action by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the Texas border with Mexico. Speaking at the National Press Club, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he expects the ruling will eventually be decided in a higher court. "We are still in the process of looking at the opinion and trying to decide what steps we might take next. The solicitor general ultimately makes that decision in consultation with me," he said, adding that, "we have to look at this decision for what it is. It is a decision by one federal district court judge. I have always expected that this is a matter that will be ultimately decided by a higher court, if not the Supreme Court, then a federal court of appeals. I think it has to be seen in that context. This, I would view, as an interim step in a process that has more to play out."