Seventeen states, led by Texas, are suing the Obama administration over its recent executive actions on immigration.
“The Constitution prescribes immigration policy be fixed by Congress — not by presidential fiat,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the state’s governor-elect, said at a news conference in Austin.
Abbott filed a lawsuit today in federal court in the Southern District of Texas. His state is joined in the lawsuit by Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
President Obama’s Nov. 20 announcement would shield from deportation up to 5 million people who are in the country illegally. Congressional Republicans said the move essentially killed any prospect of passing comprehensive immigration reform.
In a separate statement, Abbott said that Obama’s action “tramples” the Constitution.
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