Over 1,000 documents were submitted to the courts, including affidavits from state officials and federal immigration officers detailing the billions of dollars in costs that will be thrust onto the states if the policy is allowed to continue.
According to The Washington Times:
“The case turns on two key factors: first, whether Texas and the 24 other states that have joined the lawsuit can show they or their residents stand to suffer from the president’s policies; and second, whether Mr. Obama’s actions go beyond case-by-case discretion and tread on Congress‘ power to write laws and set policy.”
As examples of how residents stand to suffer, Wisconsin points out that illegal immigrants would be able to apply for concealed weapons permits. In Texas, officials argue that the hundreds of thousands of new driver’s license applications will cost residents an estimated $130 per applicant.
As to the 2nd factor, Texas Gov. Greg Abbot, announced last month his reasons why the President is abusing his power:
“‘The president’s proposed executive decree violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law, 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,’ he said in a written statement.”
In previous challenges to Obama’s amnesty plans, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with the administration, stating that the plaintiff states do not have a choice on providing these services and benefits. However, the arg stop there.
“’President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore is unconstitutional.’”
The administration has told the court that the president’s use of discretion cannot be stopped by a judge. Despite these assertions, the lawsuits could certainly prove damaging to the President’s immigration policy.
—Courtesy of IJ Review