A group of 17 different US states have begun procedures to sue the Obama administration over plans to change immigration laws in the country.
The basic premise of the action comes down to the states claiming that President Obama and his administration have acted illegally to alter immigration laws which would ease the threat of the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants from America.
The people who would be immediately effected by the change in the law would see their status as an illegal immigrant without the correct paper work becoming legal within the country and able to work and pay taxes like other US citizens.
The case against the Obama administration is being led by the state of Texas and the paper work for the case has been filed at the Federal Court in the Southern District of Texas.
It is being claimed that the executive order announced by Obama last month violated constitutional limits on presidential powers.
According to Reuters, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican and the Texas governor-elect, said the lawsuit is not asking for monetary damages but is seeking to have the order declared illegal.
In retaliation, the White House has stated clearly that the executive order falls within presidential powers, and has argued that the answer is for Congress to pass meaningful immigration reform.
The immigration plan from President Barack Obama would allow as many as 4.7 million of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States stay without threat of deportation, including some 4.4 million who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.
“The President is abdicating his responsibility to faithfully enforce laws that were duly enacted by Congress and attempting to rewrite immigration laws, which he has no authority to do,” Abbott said to Reuters.
According to Reuters, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, a Republican, said his state joined the legal effort because “the president has exceeded the balance of power provisions clearly laid out in the U.S. Constitution.”
The majority of the states that are joining with Texas to try and thwart the implementation on the new immigration bill are strong Republican states who are keen to undermine the authority of the President and his Democratic party.
The Republicans have heavily opposed the health care reforms pushed through by Barack Obama and the immigration bill is seen as another huge stumbling block between the parties with the Republican party opposing all forms of the reform which they believe would threaten the very stability of the country and could potentially encourage further illegal immigration.