The PJ Tatler

Texas, 16 Other States Sue to Stop Obama's Amnesty

The states will not wait.

Texas’ Gov.-elect Greg Abbott isn’t even waiting to officially take office before announcing his next courtroom salvo against the Obama administration. As attorney general, Abbott sued the administration numerous times over several policies including Obamacare and won several cases.

The incoming governor is now leading a coalition of states that will sue to stop President Barack Obama’s unilateral amnesty of an estimated 5 million illegal aliens, according to AP.

Abbott argued Wednesday that Obama’s action “tramples” portions of the U.S. Constitution.

The lawsuit raises three objections: that Obama violated the “Take Care Clause” of the U.S. Constitution that limits the scope of presidential power; that the federal government violated rulemaking procedures; and that the order will “exacerbate the humanitarian crisis along the southern border, which will affect increased state investment in law enforcement, health care and education.”

Wednesday’s announcement marks the 31st time the attorney general in this fiercely conservative state has brought action against the federal government since Obama took office in 2009. The only other high-profile lawsuit against the immigration action has come on behalf of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Aside: The AP describes Texas as “fiercely conservative.” They probably meant that as a slight, but it isn’t one. It’s a compliment. Texas isn’t the number one destination for interstate movers and the nation’s job creation engine by accident. Our “fierce conservatism” has a whole lot to do with it.

According to AP, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin have joined the suit. Maybe they aspire to become as fiercely conservative as Texas.