Obama Pulling Staff Together to Process New Immigration Order as States Sue
Republican pushback against President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform turned into full-scale shoveback the first week of December.
However, the Obama administration is so confident of victory in this battle that the Department of Homeland Security, through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is prepared to hire hundreds of people to process work permits and green cards.
Obama finished the first week of the last month of 2014 by saying House and Senate Republicans were to blame for his executive order.
If only they would have acted, the president insisted, he would not have had to take such a drastic measure.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, also the governor-elect, believes Obama’s executive order is drastic. It closes the door on deportation for 5 million illegal immigrants and “tramples the U.S. Constitution’s Take Care Clause and federal law,” in the legal eyes of Abbott.
Abbott said the Take Care Clause limits the president’s power and ensures he will faithfully execute Congress’s laws — not rewrite them under the guise of “prosecutorial discretion.”
He and 16 other state attorneys general filed suit against the White House Dec. 3, challenging the constitutionality of the order and alleging the order would have a negative impact on security in the southern border states.
Abbott and Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) warned in November that Obama’s order, which would grant legal status and work permits to illegal immigrants, would also immediately increase border security problems for Texas.
As reported by PJ Media on Nov. 27, Abbott told Fox News Sunday that following the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program of 2012, Texas saw 1,000 people a day streaming across the border from Mexico.
“Because they believed DACA allowed them to come here,” he said. “We are going to face the same challenges now that we faced then.”
The states’ case was filed in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas. The multi-state coalition includes Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, like many Republicans, used the president’s own words against the White House.
“Until recently, the president repeatedly made clear that there is a lawful way to fix the nation’s broken immigration system and an unlawful way,” Schmidt said. “Until he reversed course last month, the president correctly insisted that he lacked authority under the Constitution to essentially suspend the law or rewrite it to suit his preferences.”
Another party to the lawsuit, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, said the lawsuit is not only about immigration. He, too, said this is about the rule of law, presidential power, and the enforcement of the U.S. Constitution.
“The president issued a directive that legalizes the presence of approximately 40 percent of the known undocumented immigrant population, and affords them legal rights and benefit,” said Strange. “That unilateral suspension of the nation’s immigration laws is unlawful.”