Georgia will be joining a group of 17 other states in suing President Obama over his recent decision to block deportations for up to 5 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. Via the AJC, the Associated Press reports:
Texas is leading a 17-state coalition suing over President Barack Obama’s recently announced executive actions on immigration, arguing in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that the move “tramples” key portions of the U.S. Constitution.
The lawsuit raises three objections: that Obama violated the “Take Care Clause” of the U.S. Constitution that Abbott said limits the scope of presidential power; that the federal government didn’t follow proper 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.”
The effort is being led by Texas Attorney General and Governor-Elect, Greg Abbott. Other states participating include the “mostly conservative states” of Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana and the Carolinas. The success of this newly launched GOP endeavor against President Obama’s actions remains to be seen. It also remains to be seen if this move will hurt Georgia Republicans with Hispanic voters.
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Via the Gainesville Times, a statement from Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens about the lawsuit:
“We are a nation of immigrants, and I value the many contributions made to our country by immigrants. We are also a nation of laws,” said Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens in a statement. “As the complaint itself states, ‘This lawsuit is not about immigration. It is about the rule of law, presidential power, and enforcement of the U.S. Constitution.’ There is no question that immigration reform is needed. However, President Obama’s unconstitutional, short-term action only adds to uncertainty faced by those wishing to live in our country.”
Meanwhile, Georgia’s Sixth District Congressman Tom Price issued this statement in support of the lawsuit:
The 17 states, including Georgia, which are helping spearhead the challenge to President Obama’s executive amnesty ought to be commended for their leadership. In the wake of the president’s unlawful disregard and disrespect for the Constitution, elected officials at both the federal and state level must pursue realistic avenues to hold the Obama Administration accountable. We have an obligation to protect and defend the rule of law enshrined in our Constitution and with it the voices of the American people we represent. By stepping forward, these states are providing crucial leadership and support at this critical time.