Multistate coalition sues over immigration order
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is leading a multistate coalition in suing over the Obama administration's recently announced executive actions on immigration.
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.
Texas is joined by 16 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, including Alabama, Georgia, Idaho and Indiana.
Abbott argues that Texas could be uniquely hurt by the executive orders because of its large border.
The only other high-profile lawsuit against the immigration action has come on behalf of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The federal lawsuit involves the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.