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    Rutledge Applauds Ruling Blocking the President’s Unilateral Action on Immigration


    February 17, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that Texas U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a temporary injunction halting the Obama Administration’s November 2014 unilateral action on immigration. Arkansas is part of a 26-state coalition fighting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s deferred action program. Rutledge released the following statement:

    “This ruling, which blocks the President’s unlawful executive action on immigration nationwide, is an important victory in reigning in a President who has attempted to bypass Congress. As I stated when the State joined the lawsuit, this federal administrative action on immigration is another example of overreach and raises important questions about public input into the administrative process, the conflict between the discretionary powers of the executive branch and the constitutional requirement of the President to faithfully enforce the laws.

    “As this case moves forward, I will stand against the President’s unconstitutional and unilateral action in order to protect the interest of all Arkansans.”

    Joining Arkansas in the lawsuit 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, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

    At the request of then Attorney General-elect Rutledge, Arkansas joined the lawsuit on Dec. 10 after the case was filed on Dec. 3 by then Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and 16 other attorneys general.

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