The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday it will hear a dispute between President Barack Obama and 26 states, including Alabama, over the President’s ability to use sweeping executive orders regarding immigration.
The case, known as United States v. Texas, calls into question Obama’s actions aimed at allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to apply for government programs that could make them eligible for work authorization and associated benefits.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange signed Alabama on to the federal lawsuit on Dec. 3, 2014.
“I am pleased the United State Supreme Court will soon take up President Obama’s illegal action on immigration,” Strange said upon hearing the high court’s announcement. “The question the Court will address goes far beyond whether President Obama can unilaterally grant amnesty to more than 4 million unauthorized aliens.
“On issue after issue – whether it’s failing to enforce our nation’s criminal laws, undermining our Second Amendment rights, or imposing job-killing environmental policies – this president and his administration have ignored the rule of law, circumventing Congress and the will of the people. This case presents an opportunity for the Supreme Court to send a strong message that no one is above the law, not even the president.”
The other states joining in the lawsuit are Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.