17 States File Suit Against Obama’s Amnesty

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If Republicans in Congress don’t have the political backbone to take on the president, then maybe the states will have to take matters into their own hands. That’s the philosophy behind a new lawsuit that is going to challenge Obama’s executive action in the court system. Spearheaded by Texas, 17 states have signed on to the suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court. According to the plaintiffs, Obama went beyond his constitutional authority, violating the oath he took to faithfully execute the laws of the land.

Those who continue to support Obama’s actions would do well to look over the Texas Attorney General’s bullet points defending the aims of the lawsuit. In their reasoning, even bleeding-heart liberals can see why Obama went too far when he issued his muddled decree asking for deferred deportations. Included in the bullet points is the argument that the president violated the Take Care Clause of his constitutional duty, that he failed to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act, and that the action itself will cause chaos along the southern border.

Waning Republican Opposition to Obama

Meanwhile, only a handful of prominent conservatives seem willing to stick to their guns when it comes to stopping amnesty at the congressional level. Steve King of Iowa, Michele Bachmann, Ted Cruz, and Jeff Sessions have been amongst the most outspoken opponents of the action, and they are among the few that still have some fight left in them. Speaking to reporters this week, Cruz said that he doesn’t want a shutdown any more than establishment Republicans like House Majority Leader John Boehner.

“Let’s be clear. I think we should fund virtually the entire federal government. We should however, not be funding illegal amnesty. Now the funding for that occurs in the Department of Homeland Security — so we should attach a rider to the funding for DHS.”

Cruz, like many of his fellow conservatives, thinks that funding illegal amnesty even in the short term is a violation of what the GOP promised to do in the run-up to the midterms. He thinks Congress should do everything in its power to deny funding, including refusing to put through Obama’s Cabinet nominees unless they are absolutely essential to national security.

Beyond the obvious dangers of allowing the president to unilaterally change the law, the fear that amnesty will encourage more illegal immigration is one founded in the data. After Obama declared his first round of deferred deportations in 2012, there was an unprecedented boom of undocumented, underage children heading for the border. That boom was, in many respects, the very reason Obama seemed pressured to do something more. Now we have to wonder what effect this latest action will have on future immigration. There’s very little reason to think it will be slowed.

There comes a point when we have to decide how we want to move forward as a country on certain issues. And poll after poll has shown that the majority of Americans want to see an end to illegal immigration. When our leadership goes against the will of the people this flagrantly, what options are we left with? Hopefully, this lawsuit will see the citizenry prevail against White House tyranny.