The Department of Justice will file for a stay of a District Court ruling blocking President Barack Obama's immigration actions by Feb. 23, Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Friday.
Earnest repeated what he's been saying all week: The White House believes the proposals — which would grant deportation relief and work permits for three years to up to 5 million immigrants — are on firm legal footing.
Earnest also pushed Congress to take action next week to avoid a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security at the end of the month over the issue.
Earnest has not ruled out the president signing a short-term continuing resolution to keep the department running.
But the White House has vowed to veto a bill that would prohibit his executive actions.
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