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TX Gov-Elect Greg Abbott Leads 17-State Coalition Suing Obama Over Immigration Order


AUSTIN, TX – MARCH 4: Republican candidate for governor, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks to the press after voting in the Texas primary at Western Hills Church of Christ on March 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Abbott is planning to make stops in Houston and Dallas for get out-the-vote rallies ahead of the elections. (Photo: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott fulfilled his promised Wednesday and announced that Texas is leading a 17-state coalition suing the Obama administration over the president’s executive actions on immigration.

The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Texas on Wednesday, names the heads of the top immigration enforcement agencies as defendants. It includes Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Abbott, who won just under half of the Hispanic vote in Texas, said in a news conference in Austin that the “broken” immigration system should be fixed by Congress, not by “presidential fiat.”

He said President Obama’s recently announced executive order — an action taken immediately after his party suffered historic losses during a midterm election when immigration was front-and-center — gave at least 5 million people living illegally in the United States amnesty from deportation and various government benefits. Abbott said Obama’s actions “directly violate the fundamental promise to the American people,” which refers to the violation of the U.S. Constitution that lays at the very heart of the American social contract.

(READ ALSO: The Real Reason President Obama Signed Immigration Order, Amnesty)

“The ability of the president to dispense with laws was specifically considered and unanimously rejected at the Constitutional Convention,” he said. Abbott specifically cited Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution which codified the president’s oath and promise he “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

He said the lawsuit requests the court to force Obama to acknowledge the clear congressional power to enact laws and a limited presidential power that consists only of enforcing laws, “rather than making them up himself.” Abbott said that — despite how a president may feel about a legitimate law — they cannot “trample” the Constitution every time they disagree with one.

The lawsuit raises three arguments, including one that holds Obama violated the “Take Care Clause” of the U.S. Constitution; that the federal government violated rule-making procedures; and that the order will “exacerbate the humanitarian crisis along the southern border, which will affect increased state investment in law enforcement, health care and education.”

The third objection is pivotal to establish that Texas, as well as the other states involved in the lawsuit, do in fact have legal standing to bring the case before the court.

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  • Texas counted immigrants in the census and received extra federal funds based on the population increase.Texas received extra congressional seats based on the immigrant population numbers Texas spent the taxes they paid in on sales tax, which is the highest in the nation.Abbot wants to persecute immigrants with their own tax money and with my tax money as well. Texas caused the immigrant problem by refusing to require a photo ID for all employees.Undocumented Immigrants would not be here If they weren’t offered work.They would not have been offered work if there had been a penalty for hiring Undocumented workers

  • I guess I missed something. Immigration is the exclusive province of the federal government. It is hard for me to see how the “state” is harmed by the President’s action. I would not be sure that the state has standing to sue.

    On the flip side, we can have the President enforce all the laws on the books. How many business owners are going to jail for using illegal immigrant labor? Yes, that’s a crime, too! I guess that will make Abbott happy.

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