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Abbott Hints At Potential Lawsuit Against President Obama Over Immigration

In his final days as the state’s attorney general, Greg Abbott is gearing up for a fight against President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. Abbott outlined some of ways he feels the president overreached his executive authority.

Abbott isn’t ready to announce that his office is suing President Obama, but did say his office’s analysis shows the president’sorder violates the "Take Care Clause" of the U.S. Constitution, Congressional Authority needed to regulate immigration and naturalization and violating the administrative procedures act.

“Barack Obama himself said more than twenty times that he would be ignoring the law if he acted unilaterally to grant greater dispensation from immigration laws, he was right when he said that, he was wrong when he changed his mind,” Abbott said.

Abbott said Texas is uniquely qualified to challenge President Obama’s executive order because of the projected increase in cost to schools and the state healthcare system. Although he’s not ready to announce he’s filing a lawsuit, Abbott is confident the case is one that will be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The Supreme Court must take and decide this case to ensure that limits on presidential power is upheld,” Abbott reiterated.

Abbott said based on his office’s data, the odds are that he will file a lawsuit against the president. He plans to announce that decision in the next two weeks.