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3 states join 17 states fighting immigration order

2 years 1 month 2 weeks ago December 06, 2014 Dec 6, 2014 Saturday, December 06 2014 December 06, 2014 9:24 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas - Three more states have joined a Texas-led multistate coalition suing over the Obama administration's recently announced executive actions on immigration.

The addition of Arizona, Florida and Ohio brings to 20 the number of states fighting the order in a federal district court in Brownsville.

Many top Republicans have denounced the president's unilateral move designed to spare as many as 5 million people living illegally in the United States from deportation.

But Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott took it a step further with filing a lawsuit in federal court in the Southern District of Texas.

Most of the 20 states participating in the lawsuit are in the South and Midwest, but Abbott argues that Texas could be uniquely hurt by the executive orders because of its large border.

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