Appearing on The Kelly File Friday, Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott told guest host Martha MacCallum that his state would not be afraid to sue President Obama if his administration “crosses the line” on amnesty.
Breitbart News notes that Texas is already involved in 27 lawsuits against the United States government.
The newly elected governor said Friday that there was some concern there might be a surge of new illegal immigrants crossing the border if President Obama takes action without Congress on immigration. “We are concerned that there will be a new surge of border activity, in part because of the potential action that the President may take,” admitted Abbott.
“But Martha remember this, and that is the border surge that all the national cameras showed earlier this year, that is nothing new in the State of Texas.
“We have had people crossing the border for years. And we’ve been involved in these sporadic surge operations by the Texas Department of Public Safety to staunch the flow of cross-border activity.”
Earlier this year, Dan Patrick, Abbott’s Lieutenant Governor-elect, told talk show host Laura Ingraham that between 2008 and 2012, 143,000 illegal immigrants were arrested and jailed in the Lone Star State.
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Still, Abbott sympathizes with anyone who is trying to cross the border illegally, but notes the concerns all Texans have for border security: “We share the sympathies. Martha, my family is multicultural, my wife is Hispanic.”
“As part of one of the things that was shown in this election, even though my wife is going to be the first Hispanic first lady in the history of the State of Texas, we found the Hispanic community in Texas agrees with the Republican position of securing the border because I got more than 50 percent of the male Hispanic vote, about 44 percent of the overall Hispanic vote.
“This is an issue that really resonates across the State of Texas. We embrace and support legal immigration in this country, but everyone wants to ensure that the broken immigration system caused by Washington, D.C. gets fixed.”
Abbott also told MacCallum that his incoming administration does not expect the President to take executive action on amnesty, but will not hesitate to react if he does so. “We’re expecting the White House not to cross the line,” he said.
“There was a mandate that occurred on Election Night this year. It was a mandate that the American people are sick and tired of the President using executive orders to dictate a pathway inconsistent with America’s values.
“And if the President crosses the line, he’s gonna see an overwhelming rejection of what he’s trying to do. And so he better not overstep his authority. If he does of course, we’ll be involved in another lawsuit against him, but… you can expect quite a strong pushback.”