Public support for the federal judge’s decision to agree on the side of 26 states against President Obama’s executive action on immigration was given a major boost Tuesday when top leaders held a joint press conference.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Senator Ted Cruz addressed the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas’ decision on the lawsuit filed by a Texas-led coalition of 26 states.
“The decision by Judge Hanen was far more than a victory for Texas and the states who joined us,” said Governor Abbott. “This was a victory for America, for the rule of law and for the Constitution. We have a primary witness in this case and that is President Obama himself – who has 22 times acknowledged his lack of presidential power to circumvent Congress and unilaterally change the law. I am confident that as this case works its way up through the appellate process, we can – and will – win.”
“The decision from the federal court was a major victory for the rule of law,” Senator Cruz said. “All of us have reason to be proud that Texas led the way, standing up to President Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional executive amnesty. All of us have reason to be proud that our governor, Greg Abbott and our Attorney General Ken Paxton, led the way, standing up and fighting against lawlessness.”
“Had this amnesty been allowed to go into force by executive action, which we believe was illegal, I think we would have seen a new wave of thousands coming here hoping to achieve amnesty,” Lieutenant Governor Patrick stated. “We are going to continue to be vigilant. We are going to continue to maintain law enforcement on our border. National security starts with border security and border security begins in Texas.”
“The Obama Administration’s executive amnesty would have caused major repercussions in almost every facet of our state, from education to our economy to public safety,” General Paxton said. “This is about far more than the merits of any immigration plan; it’s about whether we wish to empower any president with the authority to circumvent Congress whenever the legislative battles prove too difficult.”
Among the 26-state coalition fighting President Obama’s attempt to unilaterally grant amnesty 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.
Mounting anger over Obama’s November 20, 2014 announcement of the action these states to file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the White House.
Brownsville based Judge Andrew Hanen, when deciding the case Monday, indicated the order would not take effect until legal questions were decided about Obama’s intention of providing millions of illegal immigrants access to work permits and benefits.
Abbott, who led the charge for the states opposed to Obama, as Attorney General, immediately released a statement saying “Judge Hanen’s decision rightly stops the president’s overreach in its tracks. We live in a nation governed by a system of checks and balances, and the president’s attempt to by-pass the will of the American people was successfully checked today.”
Although Judge Hanen’s 123-page ruling came shy from declaring Obama’s action unconstitutional, he did write that “once these services are provided, there will be no effective way of putting the toothpaste back in the tube should the plaintiffs ultimately prevail.”
Anger soared last November when Obama went on national television to proclaim he was bypassing Congress to put his action effecting up to 5 million illegal immigrants. Abbott argued the action was unconstitutional. If the federal government appeals this decision, it moves up to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.