Attorney General Abbott Responds to President’s Executive Action on Immigration; Pledges Immediate Legal Action

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s immigration executive action announced last week:

“This is a legal issue, not a political issue, and President Obama has crossed a serious legal line with his proposed unilateral immigration executive action. The President’s action violates his constitutional duty to faithfully enforce immigration laws that were duly enacted by Congress, 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. The State of Texas will assert a legal action against President Obama’s unconstitutional abuse of power.

“Most everyone agrees that our immigration system is broken and must be fixed. But executive fiat is not the way to fix it. President Obama apparently feels completely unrestrained by our Constitution. He is abdicating his responsibility to uphold and enforce the Constitution and attempting to rewrite immigration laws, which he has no authority to do – something the President himself has previously admitted. The President doesn’t have the authority to alter or suspend laws – he is simply required to execute the laws passed by Congress.

“President Obama’s actions violate the Take Care Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, and the Administrative Procedure Act. And his actions will undoubtedly do nothing to fix our broken immigration system, but rather encourage more illegal immigration and only exacerbate the problem.”

On Nov. 20, President Obama announced he is suspending the Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Communities program, which is responsible for identifying and deporting thousands of dangerous criminals who are in the U.S. illegally and in the custody of law enforcement, as a part of his executive action on immigration.

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  1. spk

    My question is still:
    WHY haven’t the Republicans who are whining and complaining done something about this immigration? We have had illegal immigrants coming here by the thousands for decades. Not one thing has been done by either party. That makes me believe that the political parties have something gain by keeping them here and want them here.

  2. MoCoRes

    What Mr. Abbott says is completely true. We may agree or disagree with what Obama has done but we simply cannot overlook HOW he did it. He can’t just obey the laws he wants to and disregard the one he doesn’t like.

    He said what your and my duly elected representatives support doesn’t matter therefore what you and I support doesn’t matter. In some societies that’s called a dictator.

    The president needs his pants seriously dusted.

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