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What chance does the immigration lawsuit from 17 states have against President Obama?




Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has taken the lead in filing a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday, challenging President Obama's executive action protecting the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has taken the lead in filing a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday, challenging President Obama's executive action protecting the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.
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A lawsuit has been filed by 17 states on Wednesday against President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The suit says that the President had overstepped his authority and violated the Constitution in issuing the order.

The federal suit was announced by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. “The president’s unilateral executive action tramples the U.S. Constitution’s Take Care Clause and federal law,” Abbott said in a statement.

States involved include Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

What are the prospects of the lawsuit?

Guests:

Stephen Legomsky, professor, Washington University Law School; former Chief Counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Ronald Rotunda, professor of law, Chapman University