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Obama Talks Immigration As Half The Nation Joins Lawsuit Against Executive Order


President Barack Obama answers questions during a town hall on immigration at Casa Azafran community center in Nashville, Tennessee. December 9, 2014. (Photo: WH/Pete Souza)

President Obama in Nashville spoke his recent executive order on immigration, but Wednesday 7 more states joined the lawsuit against the unilateral order, bring the total number to 24. The president’s message attempted to convince the audience, who were mostly composed of activists, that undocumented workers are no different from most Americans.

But now half of the country is united against the order that would grant roughly 5 million illegals legal status, a development that comes just a week after the Republican-controlled House voted to strip the order.

“More than 20 states have joined our challenge against the president’s unilateral executive action to bypass Congress and rewrite immigration laws,” said the man who is leading the lawsuit, Texas Attorney General and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott. “The president’s proposed executive decree violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law, circumvents the will of the American people and is an affront to the families and individuals who follow our laws to legally immigrate to the United States.”

The states now suing Obama over his unilateral amnesty order now includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Despite the president’s message, clearly many Americans believe the U.S. Constitution is too important to compromise. Yet, the president made his case in Tennessee Tuesday.

“They are us,” Obama said. “They work as teachers in our schools, doctors in our hospitals, police officers in our neighborhoods. They start small businesses at a faster rate than many native-born Americans. They create jobs making this city more prosperous, and a more innovative place.

Unfortunately, data from the president’s own administration doesn’t back up that assessment. In 2011, which is the latest data available, the Social Security Administration found that — out of the alleged 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. at the time — just 3 million had ever paid anything into federal taxes.

Meanwhile, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen Monday was assigned to hear the legal challenge. Judge Hanen, who was appointed to the bench in 2002 by President Bush, said the Obama administration was involved in the “criminal conspiracy” involving defendant Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez, a mother who paid $6,000 to smuggle her child from El Salvador to Virginia.

Under Obama’s direction, the Department of Homeland Security actually notified the mother after Border Patrol agents caught her daughter at the border and arranged for the child to be delivered to her at taxpayer expense, “thus successfully completing the mission of the criminal conspiracy.”

“[DHS] did not arrest her. It did not even initiate deportation proceedings against her,” Judge Haden wrote. “This DHS policy is a dangerous course of action.”

Judge Hanen wrote:

This is the fourth case with the same factual situation this court has had in as many weeks. … The DHS is rewarding criminal conduct instead of enforcing the current laws. More troubling, the DHS is encouraging parents to jeopardize the safety of their children. … Those who hear that they should not fear prosecution or deportation will not hesitate, and obviously have not hesitated, to act likewise.

“If they persist in this policy, more children are going to be harmed, and DHS will be partly responsible because it encourages this kind of Russian roulette,” Haden wrote, noting that that the number of unaccompanied alien children rose 81 percent under Obama’s tenure.

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Latest comments

  • The courts are the last chance to stop Obama’s amnesty. Our country is at stake.

  • Why is this president against everything this country stands for? Why can’t he be stopped?

  • Why in the world should we allow illegals to become citizens? What good will that do the everyday US citizen…? Anyone? Anyone? Pandering to people who aren’t even allowed to be here and aren’t even a citizen makes zero sense.

    What has our country come to? Enforce our laws and this won’t be an issue.

    Why are we obligated to house these ILLEGAL people? They already get FREE healthcare at hospitals. What’s next – giving them free food, voting rights, and a EBT card / welfare check?

    Obama has destroyed our economy and amnesty for illegals will only make it worse. Everyone is under-employed and can’t afford to live. We must now purchase health insurance we cannot afford and do not want or need (mine is $450/month… contrast this to my $25/month auto insurance from Insurance Panda… or my $15/month renters insurance from Eagle… both private-enterprise!). Imagine what will happen when we have to subsidize the insurance for all these illegals….

    Illegal aliens show up and all of sudden the govt. can bend over backwards to support them.

  • Meanwhile, citizens are fighting back by using a legal loophole to drain money from these agencies that would, otherwise, be pouring American tax dollars into these programs for the illegals, see: cfpartners2015 at ya hoo for more information. For me, I say ‘good for them!’ It’s about time

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