AG Strange Joins Lawsuit Challenging President’s Executive Order on Immigration
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is now among several other states attorneys general challenging President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. Strange and his counterparts are suing because they say the President’s actions are unconstitutional and illegal. The lawsuit deals with a November 20 executive order and Department of Homeland Security directive that unilaterally suspended immigration laws as applied to millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States. “This lawsuit is not about immigration. It is about the rule of law, presidential power, and the enforcement of the U.S. Constitution,” the complaint asserts. By his own action and contrary to laws passed by Congress, the President “issued a directive that legalizes the presence of approximately 40% of the known undocumented immigrant population, and affords them legal rights and benefits…That unilateral suspension of the Nation’s immigration laws is unlawful.” said Strange. Strange also said “I want to thank Attorney General Abbott for leading this effort,” said Attorney General Strange. “I am proud to stand with my friends in Texas in this important case regarding the rule of law.” The lawsuit, Texas v. U.S., was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Texas was joined by the States of Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, Utah and Wisconsin; and the Governors of Idaho, Maine, Mississippi and North Carolina.