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President Obama’s Executive #Amnesty Program is Attack Upon Rule of Law; Texas Leads 26-State Coalition in Oral Arguments in Fifth Circuit Immigration Hearing

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Texas leads a 26-state bipartisan coalition fighting the president’s attempt to unilaterally grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants

The Texas Attorney General’s Office today continued the fight against President Obama’s executive amnesty program, arguing for the bipartisan coalition of 26 states in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court will decide whether to reverse the district court’s decision to halt the president’s plan.

“As President Obama said himself shortly after announcing the program, he ‘took an action to change the law,’ when he signed the executive action on immigration. Texas has argued that any sweeping change in immigration policy should be up to lawmakers, not the unilateral action of the executive branch.”

“President Obama’s executive amnesty program would prompt some of the most massive changes to national immigration law in history, all without any input from Congress or the American people. Federal lawyers today even acknowledged several times that this action constitutes a ‘significant policy enactment,’” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “Our system of checks and balances is intended to prevent the very action that this president has taken. This lawsuit isn’t about immigration policy – it’s about the rule of law, and we need to leave lawmaking to Congress, which was entrusted, empowered and elected by the people to do just that.”

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“President Obama’s executive amnesty program would prompt some of the most massive changes to national immigration law in history, all without any input from Congress or the American people. Federal lawyers today even acknowledged several times that this action constitutes a ‘significant policy enactment.’”

Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller argued for the states. On May 26, the Fifth Circuit denied the Obama Administration’s request to begin implementing the president’s amnesty plan after the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction on February 16, halting the president’s executive action on immigration from taking effect.

As President Obama said himself shortly after announcing the program, he “took an action to change the law,” when he signed the executive action on immigration. Texas has argued that any sweeping change in immigration policy should be up to lawmakers, not the unilateral action of the executive branch.

The president’s plan would allow more than 4 million illegal immigrants to be deemed lawfully present and to take advantage of the following government benefits: work permits, tax credits, Social Security, Medicare, driver’s licenses, unemployment insurance, and the right to international travel. The states would also be compelled to fund additional education, health care and law enforcement costs.

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“The president’s plan would allow more than 4 million illegal immigrants to be deemed lawfully present and to take advantage of the following government benefits: work permits, tax credits, Social Security, Medicare, driver’s licenses, unemployment insurance, and the right to international travel. The states would also be compelled to fund additional education, health care and law enforcement costs.”

While the states await a ruling on the preliminary injunction appeal in the Fifth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas is also reviewing the Obama Administration’s misrepresentations in court and admitted violation of a judge’s order. After the Obama Administration admitted that more than 100,000 illegal immigrants had already been issued expanded work permits under the president’s amnesty plan – in direct contradiction to what they told the federal court – the federal government in May advised the judge that 2,000 more individuals were prematurely granted expanded work permits, and just yesterday updated that total to 2,500.

Texas leads a 26-state bipartisan coalition fighting the president’s attempt to unilaterally grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Joining Texas in the lawsuit are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

source: texasattorneygeneral.gov

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