Opening a new front in the debate now raging across the country over President Obama’s executive action on amnesty, a coalition of 17 states has filed suit against the Obama administration.
Leading this lawsuit against Obama’s defiant dictates is Texas. One reason the Lone Star State is at the forefront of this legal action is, of course, the fact that Texas is a border state that continues to be heavily impacted by illegal immigration.
Another reason that the lawsuit was filed in Texas — in a particular U.S. District Court — has to do with a judge the states feel could well be sympathetic to their cause.
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As the Washington Times reports:
…the plaintiffs carefully chose the court where they filed their challenge, selecting Brownsville, Texas, where a judge last year wrote a scathing rebuke of Homeland Security for aiding human smugglers.
Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott, in a news conference in Austin, acknowledges that the current immigration system is “broken,” but says the fix should be legislated by Congress, not dictated by “presidential fiat.”
Abbott, an outspoken Republican who is still the Attorney General of Texas, talked with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren about the states’ lawsuit against Obama. You can watch their discussion by clicking on the video above.
Meantime, a separate legislative battle over Obama’s unilateral action is playing out on Capitol Hill, as Fox News explains:
Some Republicans want to use a must-pass spending bill as leverage to defund the president’s immigration initiatives.
But House Speaker John Boehner is trying to push off that battle until next year, when his party will control both chambers.
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