LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says he’s joined other state attorneys general who are challenging President Barack Obama’s executive order easing the nation’s immigration procedures.
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 says Michigan joined the suit Tuesday. He’s one of 20 other state attorneys general who are part of the Texas case.
The other states are Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
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.
“America deserves a hopeful immigration policy,” Schuette said in a statement. “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.”