Nevada has become the 26th state to join a lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s unilateral move to grant amnesty by protecting 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportationâ€”without congressional approval.
That means more than half the states agree with Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt that the president is â€œundermining the rule of law.â€
â€œOur immigration system is broken and clearly needs to be fixed,â€ Laxalt said in a statement reported by the Las Vegas Review Journal. â€œBut just as clearly, the solution is not for the president to act unilaterally disregarding the U.S. Constitution and laws. The solution must be a permanent, legal result that includes, not ignores, the other branches of government and their constitutional roles.
Texas filed the original lawsuit after Obama in November expanded a program to shield from deportation immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. He also offered protection to undocumented immigrants who are relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents so families wouldnâ€™t be separated, the Journal said.
The president said he did this because Congress didnâ€™t pass comprehensive immigration reform, but he waited until after the Nov. 4 election to avoid damaging Democrats.
Obviously the electorate saw through that and swept Republicans into control of the U.S. Senate, increased membership in the House, and many state governments. But, so what, say Obama and company?
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., was none too happy and justified Obamaâ€™s executive amnesty by using the presidentâ€™s playbook responseâ€”itâ€™s the Republicansâ€™ fault for not passing an immigration law. He said this even though he and his buddy refused to negotiate a passable law with the GOP that included strong border control. His desk was a bottleneck blocking House bills from the Senate floor.
â€œThere is no question we need a permanent solution to fix our broken system,â€ Reid said. â€œI wish Republicans would focus their efforts on passing comprehensive legislation rather than baseless lawsuits that hurt Nevada families.â€
The lawsuit is pending in the Federal District Court in the Southern District of Texas, also supported by Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
If the courts refuse to back the states, why can’t the states nullify Obama’s action, which is not a lawâ€”and therefore not binding anyway?
Already some states, such as Massachusetts, are giving benefits to undocumented immigrants illegally. See our other story,Â link