Other states joining are Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Of the 18 states now suing the Obama administration over immigration, all have Republican governors or Republican attorneys general. But Florida is the only major swing state with a significant Hispanic population, making Bondi's decision a potential presidential campaign issue as the 2016 election cycle gets underway.
“The President is abdicating his responsibility to faithfully enforce laws that were duly enacted by Congress and attempting to rewrite immigration laws, which he has no authority to do — something the President himself has previously admitted,” Texas Attorney General Greg said in a statement.
“President Obama’s actions violate the Take Care Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act, which were intended to protect against this sort of executive disregard of the separation of powers.
Obama and Democrats argue that he has the executive authority to prioritize deportations and stop them for certain types of undocumented immigrants. In announcing the plan last month, Obama pointed out that Republican presidents such as Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush also issued similar, though smaller, orders.
In this case, Obama said those eligible are unlawful immigrants who have been in the country for five years, have not committed serious crimes and who were the parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.
Obama also expanded a 2012 law called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, that allows young people brought to this country illegally by their parents to stay in the United States and get work permits.
Immigration Reform Updates: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2014/11/immigration-reform-updated-changes.html