Abbott expects suit against Obama immigration amnesty within two weeks
Incoming Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday he expects to legally challenge President Barack Obama's new immigration action "in the next two weeks."Earlier he described the objection to the President not "taking care to faithfully execute the laws." He is not taking care. I think he will find other states who will join him in making a case against Obama's immigration policy.
Abbott, currently the attorney general in Texas, said he's reaching out to other governors and top state attorneys about joining the expected lawsuit.
"Our constitutional structure does not work when our president is untethered from the law. That is what has happened here," he said at a news conference Monday.
Abbott's charge against Obama's executive order limiting deportations has vaulted the Republican onto the national stage, giving him a lead role on a prominent issue just as he prepares to replace outgoing Gov. Rick Perry.
He accused Obama on Monday of violating the Constitution's requirement that the president faithfully execute laws passed by Congress, and said Obama's move is dangerous because it paves the way for future presidential candidates to claim, for instance, that they would waive penalties for Americans who didn't pay taxes.
He said the attorney general's office is currently conducting "research and analysis" on a legal challenge and is contacting other states with status updates. Oklahoma officials have already said they expect to sue, and others -- including Indiana Gov. Mike Pence -- have said they're considering joining the challenge, as well.