District Judge Andrew S. Hanen issued a temporary injunction blocking the federal government from implementing the President's directives while the lawsuit proceeds.
He found it likely Kansas and the other states would succeed on their claim that President Obama's “executive action” violated the federal Administrative Procedures Act, which sets forth various procedures and safeguards that federal agencies must follow in adopting regulations that implement federal statutes.
On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced that through “executive action” he would impose various changes to federal immigration law and policy, including Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
On December 3, 2014, a group of states led by Texas, including Kansas, joined in a lawsuit challenging the President's legal authority to order those changes without either action by Congress or the ordinary safeguards of administrative process, such as the opportunity for public input.
The number of plaintiff states has now grown to 27.
Yesterday's temporary injunction puts the President's “executive action” on indefinite hold while the litigation proceeds.