Texas gov. spoiling to fight Obama’s amnesty all the way to the Supreme Court

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott isn’t letting up – and he doesn’t want Congress to let up either.

A week after U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen upended President Obama’s executive amnesty by ruling Obama had exceeded his authority in taking it, Abbott told “Face the Nation’s” Bob Schieffer he fully expects his lawsuit to end up in front of the Supreme Court.

And anyone listening can tell he’s ready for it.

Abbott filed the suit when he was Texas attorney general. Now that he’s governor of the state that’s taking the lead role in fighting the federal government in the Age of Obama, he’s eager for it to play out.

The issue, he said, is simple.

“The president has violated the rule of law and contradicted the Constitution by actually making up the law,” Abbott told Schieffer. “It’s the Congress – not the president – that establishes what our immigration laws are.”

Abbott’s Texas is being joined by 25 other states in challenging Obama’s executive action, which the president took after his party and his policies were soundly rejected by American voters in the November midterm elections.

After a week of dithering — and under pressure from activist groups and the Democrat base – the White House announced Frday it would try to get Hanen’s order lifted and proceed with the amnesty plan.

On Sunday, Abbott told Schieffer the struggle to limit Obama’s overreach will go all the way to the top.

“The point we’re fighting on is something that will continue through the court process all the way to the Supreme Court,” he said.

“There’s no doubt about it,” he said. “The president himself is making up new immigration law.”

And he will continue to — unless someone stops him.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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