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Michigan sues feds over immigration order

December 10, 2014
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Bill Schuette. Courtesy State of Michigan

LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said he's joined other state attorney generals who are challenging President Barack Obama's executive order easing the nation's immigration procedures.

Obama announced the executive actions in November, saying lack of action by Congress forced him to make sweeping changes to immigration rules on his own.

Texas is leading a coalition of states suing the government. It says in the lawsuit filed last week that Obama's decision "tramples" key portions of the Constitution.

Schuette said Michigan joined the suit Tuesday.

"America deserves a hopeful immigration policy," Schuette said. "Throughout our history, America has provided a beacon of hope across the world. But the president's unilateral executive order on immigration, bypassing Congress, is constitutionally flawed."

He's one of 20 other state attorney generals who are part of the Texas case: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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