Barack Obama should heed the words of the future governor of Texas, Gregg Abbott, who issued a serious statement yesterday regarding the President’s latest executive action announced last week on immigration. Abbott has fought for justice and freedoms in court by suing the Obama Administration against their attempted breaches to constitutional principles 27 times. More times than not, Abbott beats Obama.
“This is a legal issue, not a political issue, and President Obama has crossed a serious legal line with his proposed unilateral immigration executive action,” Abbott, the current Texas Attorney General warned yesterday. “The President’s action violates his constitutional duty to faithfully enforce immigration laws that were duly enacted by Congress, circumvents the will of the American people and is an affront to the families and individuals who follow our laws to legally immigrate to the United States. The State of Texas will assert a legal action against President Obama’s unconstitutional abuse of power.”
Abbott continued. “Most everyone agrees that our immigration system is broken and must be fixed. But executive fiat is not the way to fix it. President Obama apparently feels completely unrestrained by our Constitution.”
Obama is “abdicating his responsibility to uphold and enforce the Constitution and attempting to rewrite immigration laws, which he has no authority to do – something the President himself has previously admitted,” Abbott stated. “The President doesn’t have the authority to alter or suspend laws – he is simply required to execute the laws passed by Congress.”
Obama declared he is suspending the Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Communities program that identifies and deports thousands of treacherous criminals who are living the U.S. illegally.
“President Obama’s actions violate the Take Care Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, and the Administrative Procedure Act,” Abbott proclaimed. “And his actions will undoubtedly do nothing to fix our broken immigration system, but rather encourage more illegal immigration and only exacerbate the problem.”
If the White House think Governor Rick Perry was a thorn in their side, they must not have been attention to the Texas Attorney General like they should.
“The very day the President signed ObamaCare into law I took him to court to protect our constitutional rights,” Abbott said in San Antonio on July 14, 2014.
“I know the Constitution. I’ve enforced the Constitution. And I know the 2nd Amendment & the 10th Amendment are not suggestions: they are guaranteed rights: I’ve fought against human traffickers and put away child predators,” Abbott stated.
Political observers across American recognize Abbott as the skilled Texas Attorney General who has successfully fought and pounded the Obama Administration on numerous occasions at the United States Supreme Court. From protecting American liberties to battling the White House’s EPA war on fossil fuels to fighting for Second Amendment rights, Abbott has led other state governors and attorney generals in frequent battle to defend freedoms.
“If you want to start a fight with Texans, just try taking away their freedom,” Abbott told his constituents this before the November 4 elections.
Abbott told a San Antonio crowd about his “greatest fight-29 years ago. It was a challenge that made my even being here, highly improbable.”
“On a steamy summer day like this, I went out for a jog. While I was jogging, a huge oak tree suddenly crashed down on me,” Abbott recalled. “The falling tree crushed my spinal cord — piercing my body with pain – leaving me forever paralyzed.”
“I would never walk again,” Abbott announced. “If you want to know the meaning of love look no further than my wife Cecilia, who stood by my side during the most painful period of our lives.”
“It’s easy to recite the marriage vow: For better, for worse…in sickness & in health,” Abbott smiled. “It’s awe inspiring to see Cecilia embrace that vow.”
Abbott told how doctors had to piece his vertebrae back together by inserting “two steel rods up and down my vertebrae that will remain in my back for the rest of my life. Some politicians talk about having a spine of steel. I actually have one.”
“I will use my steel spine to fight for you and for every Texas family! After my accident, I realized our lives aren’t defined by how we’re challenged. Instead, we define our lives by how we respond to challenges,” Abbott proclaimed. “This is the same principle that millions of Texans like you apply every day: Single parents, trying to earn a paycheck to raise their kids. Small businesses, trying to navigate the maze of regulations & taxes. Seniors, trying to make ends meet. All of us Texans share a common bond: We face tough challenges and rise above them.”
“Texans may get knocked down, but we always get back up,” Abbott said. “And we always take on the tough fights.”
“Deadly violence from drug cartels and transnational gangs in Mexico is knocking on the United States’ door with ever increasing frequency,” wrote Abbott to President Obama on June 30, 2010. Abbott demanded that Obama make protecting our borders and U.S. citizens after cartel gunfire hit the El Paso City Hall building the day before.
“Fortunately no one was injured or killed,” said Abbott. “But that good fortune was not the result of effective border control – it was mere luck that the bullets struck buildings rather than bodies.”
“Luck and good fortune are not effective border enforcement policies,” said the letter to the White House. “The shocking reality of cross border gunfire proves the cold reality: American lives are at risk.”
Abbott cited and attached a news article to the letter: “More than 1,300 people have been murdered in Juárez this year as a war continues relentlessly between the Juárez and Sinaloa drug cartels.”
“Americans must be protected as this deadly war bulges at our border,” demanded the Attorney General.
Abbott told Obama that “Law enforcement officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety and your own U.S. Customs and Border Protection will reveal the hard truth. Our state is under constant assault from illegal activity threatening a porous border.”
“The time for talk has passed. The time for action is now. The need is urgent. Each day that passes increases the likelihood that an American life will be lost because of the federal government’s failure to secure the border.”
“This threat demands immediate and effective action by your Administration to secure our border. As the Attorney General of Texas, I urge you to make border security your top priority so that no more innocent lives are lost to border violence.”
Abbott was especially victorious against the Obama Administration, when in March 2012, he won a second victory in three months for Texas against the Environmental Protection Agency when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s came back with a strong decision against the Department.
It was a major blow to Obama, when the Court overturned the EPA’s improper disapproval of Texas’ Pollution Control Project (PCP) Standard Permit.
“Showing seemingly no regard for the federal laws that govern what it can and cannot do, the EPA unlawfully disapproved a commonsense Texas air permitting program that fully complied with the federal Clean Air Act and reduced harmful emissions,” said Abbott, who filed a challenge against the EPA on February 9, 2012.
“The EPA disregarded the limited authority it was granted under federal law and incorrectly alleged that Texas would not act sensibly and in accordance with its own laws,” Abbott stated in a release. “This victory marks the second time in the last three months that Texas has successfully obtained relief from the courts after an unlawful overreach by the EPA.”
Abbott has been consistently challenging the White House and the EPA’s improper attempt to instantly impose unlawful regulations in the Lone Star State. When Texans learned in 2011 that the EPA began playing games with their own deadline that requires lower emissions with air pollution rules, experts discovered this would lead to the inevitable closing of Texas energy plants, lay off thousands of workers and create blackouts.
“Once again, the unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats at the EPA are flouting the law by denying Texas the opportunity to manage its own air permitting program,” Abbott said on February 9, 2012. The Court criticized the EPA provided no legal basis under the federal Clean Air Act for its disapproval of Texas’ PCP Standard Permit.
The EPA also ignored the federalist system established by the Clean Air Act and disregarding the State’s authority to implement air permitting programs. The court pointed out that the EPA is only responsible for identifying pollutants and setting national standards. The states are empowered to create their own air quality programs that ensure compliance with federal standards.
In July, 2011, the EPA gave Texas only five month notice that they are imposing new regulations that requires Texas coal power plants to reduce emissions by 45% by January 1, 2013.
“The EPA’s unlawful regulations were issued despite the fact that the demand for electricity—both during the hot summer months and the cold of winter—is at an all-time high.”
In 2010, ERCOT announced Texas was only 300-400 megawatts away from suffering rolling blackouts. This was very close to the rolling outages that were executed last February during a period of “extreme cold.”
EPA’s new regulations would force a reduction of 1,200 – 1,400 megawatts of electricity during the peak summer months, more than three times the amount that would have forced rolling blackouts in the summer of 2011, projects ERCOT.
Court documents filed by ERCOT in support of the State’s legal challenge conclude the forced reductions from Obama and EPA “would lead to unavoidable rotating outages, possibly even recurring events, which could occur in both peak and off-peak periods, through 2012 and beyond.”
“These expensive mandates do little to make our air safer or to control the global warming the EPA insists is threatening our country, while doing great damage to our energy independence and economic recovery,” Abbott stated.
“In the case, the EPA overstepped the bounds of its narrow statutory role in the SIP approval process,” the court opinion stated.
Many political observers think Obama’s latest executive order was preceded by the White House’s support of last summer’s invasion of illegal immigrants from our southern border. Fox News reported that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. knew the White House has known about the pending flood of immigrants for some time.”
“There is a lack of leadership, I think, on the part of the president in getting ahead of this issue, starting with dealing with the Mexican government and the governments of these three Central American countries and asking for their help,” Goodlatte told Fox.
Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat whose district covers much of the Rio Grande Border area, in an interview with Fox News, compared Obama’s blunder with the Hurricane Katrina humiliation for George W. Bush.
“At least Katrina was a natural disaster that Bush couldn’t help,” noted Jesse Benavidez, Texas veteran, when he heard about Cuellar’s comment. “In this case, Obama has deliberately caused the crisis and is doing very little to stop it from happening and helping us, our own citizens. Like all my friends are talking about how it’s like Obama wants this to happen.”
“How can Obama’s people advertise and support bringing train loads of these innocent children and adults, some with violent pasts and affiliated with dangerous gangs into our state and our country and do absolutely nothing for the military and our veterans,” asked Benavidez. “What are we going to do about our on American families and my fellow vets who live here that are starving, do not have jobs or homes?”
“We must honor our commitments to those who selflessly answer the call of duty,” responded state Greg Abbott. “A simple ‘thank you for your service’ is inadequate to truly repay the debt of gratitude we owe our heroes.”
Abbott has announced a multi-level plan to get more veterans back to work when he becomes governor. The plan includes ridding the burdens of government bureaucracy and fees for veterans.
Abbott says he will start by exempting “new businesses formed by veterans from state registration fees and exempt them from the state franchise tax for five years.”
“Texans have long defended the nation, sending our sons and daughters to fight in the trenches of Europe, on the high seas and remote islands in the Pacific, in the jungles and mountains of Asia, in the desert sands of the Middle East, and beyond,” stated Abbott. “More than a million from Texas have served, and many more have trained and lived on military installations in Texas.”
Abbott says he also will waive license exams and fees for veterans who already have the education, training and experience through their military service.
“How does Obama get by with closing down our fellow American veteran’s ceremonies in Washington and at the World War II memorial but supported the pro-immigration protests there,” Benavidez cried? “He is deliberately hurting the military and our veterans and deliberately encouraging Muslims, cartel gangs and illegal immigration.”
Texas leaders are responding against the White House hard.
“These men and women exhibit qualities that our nation greatly values in the civilian workforce,” Abbott said. “Even so, the transition between military life and a return to the civilian world can be difficult, and one of the greatest difficulties can be finding a job. Texas must do all it can to ease this transition by improving economic opportunities for our veterans.”
Abbott sited the work of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) who can credit “verified military training, or education toward the licensing requirements” in lieu of state bureaucratic processes.
This could include waiving fees and licensing exams for the veterans who already have the correct training and experience for certain jobs, as well as authorize property tax exemptions locally hired veterans for businesses.
In 2013, there were about 897,000 employed veterans in Texas, with unemployment at 5.2% for this category. This compared to a 6.3% unemployment rate all of Texas and 6.7% nationally.
Abbott indicated that this figure might look better than some states it is important to note that “8.7 percent of veterans in Texas who have returned home since the September 2001 terrorist attacks were unemployed in 2013, up from 8.3 percent in 2012. Those who served our country in the recent period are unemployed at a rate much higher than the state and the national average.”
“Too many barriers still exist for veterans attempting to thrive in Texas’ economic climate by starting their own businesses or those transitioning back into the civilian workforce,” Abbott emphasized. “These barriers can be lowered by removing bureaucratic requirements, offering relief from certain taxes and fees that deter entrepreneurship, and ensuring that the state’s military infrastructure is protected.