BY SHAE WEATHERALL / ON DECEMBER 10, 2014 AT
Austin, TX – In what is sure to be an all out legal brawl, Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott seems to have drawn first blood by filing a lawsuit against President Obama. Abbott filed the suit in response to Obama’s unconstitutional executive action that would shield up to five million illegal aliens from deportation. Almost half of our country’s states are now joined together in the showdown against the president and his errant “pen.”
CNN reports that in the short time since Governor-elect Abbott’s announcement late last month, there are now twenty-three additional states that have joined Texas in the lawsuit to stop Obama’s unlawful decree, and that number is expected to keep growing
“The president’s proposed executive decree violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law, circumvents the will of the American people and is an affront to the families and individuals who follow our laws to legally immigrate to the United States,” he [Abbott] said in a written statement.
Contrary to what Obama had slyly stated before his last election in 2012, he apparently now believes he does indeed have the power to ignore the rule of law and bypass Congress in unilaterally implementing legislation that reflects his own political agenda, rather than adhering to the limitations of his office as set forth in the United States Constitution.
“When members of Congress question whether I have the authority to do this, I have one answer: Yes, and pass a bill,” Obama said Tuesday at an event in Nashville.
This showdown between the states and this administration promises to be a tense and divisive one. Obama certainly does not seem to enjoy having his authority challenged. However, there may be no other recourse in the effort to protect United States citizens against a myriad of potential threats posed by illegal immigration, to include disease, terrorism, financial burden, increased criminal element, and job loss.
The complaint has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Brownsville Division and reads in part:
- This lawsuit is not about immigration. It is about the rule of law, presidential power, and the structural limits of the U.S. Constitution.
- On November 20, 2014, the President of the United States announced that he would unilaterally suspend the immigration laws as applied to 4 million of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
- The President candidly admitted that, in so doing, he unilaterally rewrote the law: “What you’re not paying attention to is, I just took an action to change the law.”
- In accordance with the President’s unilateral exercise of lawmaking, his Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued a directive that purports to legalize the presence of approximately 40% of the known undocumented-immigrant population, and affords them legal rights and benefits. See Memorandum from Jeh Charles Johnson, Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion 4 with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children and with Respect to Certain Individuals Whose Parents are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents (Nov. 20, 2014) (“DHS Directive”) (attached as Ex. A).
- That unilateral suspension of the Nation’s immigration laws is unlawful. Only this Court’s immediate intervention can protect the Plaintiffs from dramatic and irreparable injuries.
Obama’s Amnesty Order is supposed to apply only to those approximately five-million illegal immigrants that can verify that they’ve been in the U.S. for five years or more. However, given the ease in which illegals are already able to obtain false documents, I don’t think it’s a stretch to surmise that if this law is implemented, we will have at least double that number of illegals that will claim to fall under its protection.
The states currently involved in this legal battle led by Texas are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
If your state is not yet on the growing list of those that are partnering with Texas in protecting our country against illegal invaders, please contact your Governor’s office and encourage them to stand up for the Constitution and for the well-being of our United States citizens by joining the fight.