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U.S. Bypasses Texas Judge in Bid to Revive Immigration Plan

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The Obama administration went over the head of a federal judge who ignored the government’s Monday deadline to lift his order blocking a controversial immigration program.

White House lawyers asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Thursday to lift the Texas judge’s Feb. 16 order blocking an initiative designed to give about 5 million undocumented immigrants the right to stay in the country and obtain work permits and other benefits.