Pence Orders Indiana To Join Immigration Lawsuit

Dec 3, 2014

Almost 20 states oppose President Obama's executive order on immigration.
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Governor Mike Pence Wednesday directed Attorney General Greg Zoeller to join a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive order on immigration. 

President Obama’s executive action, announced last month, could allow millions of illegal immigrants to avoid deportation.   

16 states have joined a lawsuit challenging the move, and Governor Mike Pence wants Indiana to become the 17th. 

In a statement, Pence calls the executive order an “unacceptable end run around the democratic process.”  He says the lawsuit isn’t about immigration, but about the rights of states to be represented in policy making decisions through Congress. 

In the wake of Mr. Obama’s order, Indiana immigration advocates praised the move as one designed to ensure families won’t be torn apart.  Both Hoosier U.S. Senators opposed the executive order.