12 States Defend Obama’s Exec Amnesty in Court

REUTERS/Jason Redmond
REUTERS/Jason Redmond

On Monday, twelve states defended President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty in a “friend of the court” brief in response to a lawsuit filed by 25 states against Obama’s executive amnesty.

As The Hill noted, “Attorneys General from California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont and the District of Columbia” joined Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson in a “friend of the court” brief.

The 12 states, citing a left-wing Center for American Progress paper, alleged that Obama’s executive amnesty will bring the states more tax revenue and claimed “that the states don’t have the correct legal standing needed to file a challenge because of those benefits.”

Twenty-five states, led by Texas, have joined a lawsuit against Obama’s executive amnesty, arguing that they will have to absorb “hundreds of millions of dollars on health, education and law-enforcement programs” as a result of the executive amnesty.

The Obama administration has reportedly argued before the January 15 hearing in a U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas that Obama’s executive amnesty is beyond judicial review, claiming Obama’s action is “challengeable by no plaintiff, reviewable by no court, and subject to no public input.”