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Oklahoma Joins Lawsuit Against Obama's Immigration Executive Order

Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt
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Oklahoma has joined a multistate lawsuit against President Barack Obama over his executive actions on immigration, Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced Tuesday.

The addition of Arkansas, Michigan, North Dakota and Oklahoma brings to 24 the number of states fighting the order in a federal district court in Brownsville.

Announced last month, the president's unilateral move is designed to spare millions of people living illegally in the United States from deportation. 

The suit seeks a preliminary injunction that would implementation of the president's executive order. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Dec. 5 that a stay of the president's decree is needed because "it will be difficult or impossible to undo the President's lawlessness after the Defendants start granting applications for deferred action."

The lawsuit raises three objections: that Obama violated the "Take Care Clause" of the U.S. Constitution that limits the scope of presidential power; that the federal government violated rulemaking procedures; and that the order will "exacerbate the humanitarian crisis along the southern border, which will affect increased state investment in law enforcement, health care and education."

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