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Fifth Circuit Denies Federal Government’s Request to Implement President’s Executive Action on Immigration


May 26, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement following the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to deny the Obama Administration’s request to begin implementing the President’s execution action on immigration. This decision follows a federal judge halting the executive action in a Feb. 16 ruling.

“This unilateral action from the President was a drastic violation of the law,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “For more than 200 years, this nation has been governed on a system of checks and balances between three separate but equal branches of government. The President violated that system by bypassing Congress, and today’s ruling from the Fifth Circuit continues to prevent the President’s unlawful action on immigration policy from moving forward.”

Arkansas is part of a 26-state coalition led by Texas, which is fighting the President’s unlawful executive actions with regard to immigration. Joining Arkansas and Texas are: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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