Greg Abbott plans to sue Barack Obama over immigration order

Greg Abbott plans to sue Barack Obama over immigration order

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Gov.-elect Greg Abbott said Monday that President Barack Obama violated the U.S. Constitution with a directive that could shield 5 million immigrants from deportation and that he expects to file a lawsuit in coming weeks, amplifying Texas as a vanguard in the growing chorus of conservative states opposing Obama’s use of executive power.

Abbott, still acting as the state’s attorney general, has not yet filed a legal challenge but said “odds are in favor that a lawsuit will be filed.” He said his office is still researching its case against the Obama administration. The announcement of a Texas lawsuit, aimed at forcing a Supreme Court decision on Obama’s reliance on executive power to circumvent Republican blockades in Congress, is expected in the next two weeks, Abbott said.

“I think it’s extremely important to emphasize that I am addressing this as a legal issue, not a political issue,” Abbott said. “The president has crossed the line from politics to endangering the constitutional structure.”

It doesn’t matter where you come down on the immigration issue,” he said. “Most everyone agrees that the immigration system in America is broken. Similarly, most everyone agrees that executive fiat is not the right way to fix it. The president must follow the laws just like everyone else.”

Abbott characterized the looming challenge as one that will define the scope and limitations of presidential powers after Obama, invoking…..more here.

J. David McSwane

American-Statesman Staff
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