FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2015
For More Information, contact:
Mike Lewis (334) 353-2199
Alabama Attorney General
Joy Patterson (334) 242-7491
Claire Haynes (334) 242-7351
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ATTORNEY GENERAL LUTHER STRANGE WELCOMES FEDERAL
JUDGE DECISION DELAYING EXECUTIVE AMNESTY ORDER
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Luther Strange welcomed a decision by a
Texas federal judge to delay implementation of President Obama’s executive order
and the Department of Homeland Security directive that effectively grants amnesty
to millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States.
“Today’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas underscores
that America was founded upon the rule of law and President Obama is bound to
abide by the constitutional limits of his authority,” Attorney General Strange said.
“The president’s November 20, 2014, amnesty order was illegal and should be
On December 3, 2014, Alabama joined a federal lawsuit, Texas v. U.S.,
challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive amnesty order
which usurps the will of Congress. A majority of states have since joined the
lawsuit. The multi-state lawsuit makes clear the issue is not about immigration,
but rather the rule of law, presidential power, and the enforcement of the U.S.
Constitution. 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
benefitsÖThat unilateral suspension of the Nation’s immigration laws is unlawful,”
the lawsuit asserts.
Joining Texas in the lawsuit 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.
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