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HOUSTON (AP) — States fighting President Barack Obama's plan to spare millions of immigrants from deportation say they agree with a Texas judge who has temporarily blocked the president's action.

Texas is leading a coalition of states that filed a lawsuit opposing Obama's move that could spare as many as 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

In documents filed Monday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the states reiterated their argument that Obama's action would force local governments to invest more in law enforcement, health care and education.

The appeals court is considering a request from the U.S. Department of Justice to reverse a Texas judge's decision to put Obama's plan on hold during the court fight. Oral arguments are scheduled for the week of July 6.

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