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States Sue Over Obama's Immigration Action

Dec. 4, 2014

Seventeen states filed a federal lawsuit against Barack Obama’s immigration action claiming that his change of the law violated the Constitution. Texas leads the charge, as it has borne the brunt of Obama’s neglect of border security. “The President’s unilateral executive action tramples the U.S. Constitution’s Take Care Clause and federal law,” Texas Attorney General and Governor-elect Greg Abbott said in a statement. “The Constitution’s Take Care Clause limits the President’s power and ensures that he will faithfully execute Congress’s laws – not rewrite them under the guise of ‘prosecutorial discretion.’ The Department of Homeland Security’s directive was issued without following the Administrative Procedure Act’s rulemaking guidelines and is nothing but an unlawfully adopted legislative rule: an executive decree that requires federal agencies to award legal benefits to individuals whose conduct contradicts the priorities of Congress.” With Republicans making little progress defunding Obama’s immigration projects, this may be the most effective way in reigning in an unconstitutional president. More…

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