The attorneys general of Oklahoma and Texas said on Thursday they plan to challenge President Obama’s executive action on immigration.
In a prime-time address to the nation Thursday, Obama announced he would take executive action which would allow about five million illegal immigrants to register for background checks, pay back taxes, work, and receive Social Security cards.
“President Obama has circumvented Congress and deliberately bypassed the will of the American people, eroding the very foundation of our nation’s Constitution and bestowing a legacy of lawlessness. Texans have witnessed firsthand the costs and consequences caused by President Obama’s dictatorial immigration policy and now we must work together toward a solution in fixing our broken immigration system. Following tonight’s pronouncement, I am prepared to immediately challenge President Obama in court, securing our state’s sovereignty and guaranteeing the rule of law as it is intended under the Constitution.”
Some people did not like Abbott’s action:
@GregAbbott_TX The will of a great many people was met tonight by the President. How dare you pretend to speak for all!! U R horrible.
— DonnaKHinkle (@dkhtx) November 21, 2014
Most, however, did:
— Thomas Marchetti (@Ryanexpress77) November 21, 2014
@GregAbbott_TX We’re with you, sir!
— MaryJayne Boyd (@mjocnl) November 21, 2014
@GregAbbott_TX & the vast majority of us Texans are behind you 150%!!!
— NanaTo5 (@CarolAWomack) November 21, 2014
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt also said Thursday he would take legal recourse:
“The President can tell the American people that he has the power to take this action, but if that were true, he wouldn’t have told the American people in 2008 while campaigning for president that, ‘there are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.’
“The President can tell the American people that this action will only be available to those who have been in the country for years. But for that to be true, the federal government would have to possess the power to ascertain when these illegals entered our country – entries that by definition occurred undetected and unbeknownst to the federal government.
“The executive action that the President proposed tonight is ill-advised, unworkable, unlawful, and brazenly political. The administration will be held accountable.”
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h/t The Blaze
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