A group of 17 states led by Texas (of course) has filed a federal lawsuit in response to President Obama’s immigration orders, using the same old false claim that he’s refusing to faithfully execute laws passed by Congress (in fact, Congress explicitly gives him the authority to do what he did and the courts have already agreed).
A coalition of 17 U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday saying it acted illegally by issuing an executive order to ease the threat of deportation for millions of immigrants who are in the country without the proper documents.
The case being led by Texas and filed at the Federal Court in the Southern District of Texas said the executive order announced by Obama last month violated constitutional limits on presidential powers. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican and the Texas governor-elect, said the lawsuit is not asking for monetary damages but is seeking to have the order declared illegal…
“The President is abdicating his responsibility to faithfully enforce laws that were duly enacted by Congress and attempting to rewrite immigration laws, which he has no authority to do,” Abbott said.
Many of the states in the coalition are Republican strongholds and include Alabama, Idaho, Mississippi and Utah.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, a Republican, said his state joined the legal effort because “the president has exceeded the balance of power provisions clearly laid out in the U.S. Constitution.”
This is nothing more than political posturing. The suit will be dismissed before it ever sees a trial and Abbott knows this. This is all about pandering to the far right for 2016 purposes.