Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has joined in a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its plan to stop deporting many young illegal immigrants and grant them work permits.
The lawsuit was filed in August in federal court in Dallas on behalf of 10 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees. It contends that the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals plan violates federal law and forces ICE employees to break the law by not arresting certain illegal immigrants.
“States must protect their borders while the federal government continues to ignore this growing problem,” Bryant in a news release.
“I believe this action by the Obama administration is unconstitutional and circumvents Congress’ authority. The fact remains that illegal immigration is a real issue with real consequences, and ignoring the rule of law is irresponsible. As governor, I cannot turn a blind eye to the problem of illegal immigration and its costs to Mississippi.”
Bryant, a Republican, has said for years he wants to tighten immigration enforcement because he believes the federal government has done a poor job.