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A federal judge has set the first hearing in the lawsuit that twenty-five states have filed to block President Obama's executive action on immigration. The suit claims that the White House overstepped its authority by granting amnesty and work permits for 5 million illegal aliens.

U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen has scheduled the hearing for January 15 at 10 a.m. in Brownsville, Texas.

The states’ lawsuit accuses the president of skirting the Constitution by rewriting the law and not following the proper rule-making steps. Law enforcement, healthcare, and education for illegal aliens sheltered by the action will cost states a substantial amount, so they seek an injunction to block the new immigration policy from taking effect.

The states engaged in the lawsuit are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Updated: Tue, Jan 20th 2015 @ 12:05pm EST