A federal appeals court is halting President Barack Obama's executive action that would have kept five million people from deportation. The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday to uphold a Texas judge's blocking injunction. Critics of the plan said it was an executive "overreach" by Mr Obama and 26 states legally challenged it. Mr Obama argued that deferring deportations was within the administration's power. The ruling would have let Mr Obama defer deportation of groups of immigrants, including children.