The incoming governor of Texas delivered a stern warning to President Obama via Fox News on Monday, declaring any executive order on illegal aliens would produce a “tremendous backlash” across the country – not to mention another lawsuit from the Lone Star State.
In an interview, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott, the current attorney general, said Texas Obama’s frequent vows to invoke questionable executive power to change immigration law have forced Texans to prepare for yet another “surge” of illegals crossing from the south.
Texas has shouldered considerable expense dealing with the problem of illegal immigration that’s being worsened by the White House, Abbott said, and one horn of any lawsuit would be getting the federal government to pay for problems it’s causing.
But he said the larger point is that immigration laws are made by the country from Capitol Hill, not the White House.
“We’re expecting the White House will not cross the line,” he said. “If the president crosses the line, he’s going to see an overwhelming rejection of what he’s trying to do.”
Both the House and the newly Republican Senate will be pushing back against amnesty, Abbott said, and he predicted a “tremendous backlash” among Americans as a whole. Even Hispanics in Texas, he said, support a sensible immigration law that concentrates on border security.
“The first step is to secure the border,” he said. “As long as the president is inviting people to come here illegally, we will never see a secure border.”
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