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Video: Perry, Abbott Challenge Obama’s Immigration Action

Texas politicians today unveiled their plans to counter President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

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Gov. Perry: Congress Must Act Immediately on Border Security

The outgoing Attorney General announced that Texas will sue the federal government to challenge Obama’s executive order. Texas leads the lawsuit along with 16 other states. Abbott called the President’s action unconstitutional.

“The Constitution prescribes that immigration be fixed by Congress, not by presidential fiat,” Abbott said.

Governor Perry took executive action of his own, ordering all state agencies to use E-verify to check employees’ eligibility to work in the U.S. Agencies must also check the status of employees from any outside contractors. Not all state agencies use E-Verify.

“This order seeks to bring these agencies in line with the program,” Perry said.

Obama’s executive action on immigration could halt deportations for an estimated five million. Perry says it encourages illegal immigration. The governor called on Congress to boost border security but did not offer a specific plan.

 

Below is the Multi-state lawsuit challenging President Obama’s immigration executive action

 



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