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Texas Leads 17 States Suing Obama Administration Over Immigration Action

Texas Attorney General and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott speaks against President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration at the Price Daniel Building in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Abbott is again vowing to sue the Obama administration for lifting the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)Jay Janner / AP

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Seventeen states, led by Texas Attorney General and Governor-elect Greg Abbott, are suing the Obama administration over the president's recent executive actions on immigration.

In a statement, Abbott said the president’s unilateral action to offer deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants “tramples the U.S. Constitution’s Take Care Clause and federal law.”

Abbott, the Republican elected to succeed outgoing Gov. Rick Perry next year, has promised to bring the lawsuit since Obama announced his executive actions last month.

The coalition of states involved in the suit includes: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The case was filed in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas.

- Carrie Dann

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