Newly elected Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday announced a plan to sue the President over the executive actions on immigration. Abbott filed the suit in U.S. District Court and named heads of immigration enforcement agencies as defendants. Along with Abbott, 16 other states filed a similar lawsuit. During a news conference in Austin, Abbott called the immigration system and could only be fixed by Congress not an executive order. The lawsuit is calling for the order to be declared illegal.
The White House has said the executive order falls within presidential powers, and has argued that the ultimate answer is for Congress to pass meaningful immigration reform. Under the plan 4.7 million of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, stay without threat of deportation, including some 4.4 million who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. Abbott and the other sixteen plaintiffs believe they will be left on the hook for expenses related to schooling, health care, and extra security to handle the increased influx of illegal immigrants who will now have federal permission to stay in the U.S. despite having no permanent lawful status. Read more at Examiner.com
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