February 17, 2015 4:54 PM EST

Steven Arteaga phoned his mother in the late hours to tell her to put her hopes on hold – a judge had blocked President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action.

Arteaga of Houston had learned that the 26 states that sued Obama had succeeded, at least for now. They had challenged Obama’s policies to shield millions of immigrants here illegally from deportation and give them work permits.

“I was encouraging her to apply . . . I was mad because they are playing with people’s lives,” Arteaga said.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas issued the…

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