Texas Attorney General and Governor-elect Greg Abbott announced that the moment President Obama finishes his speech outlining a plan to grant amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants by executive order, he will file a lawsuit on behalf of his state.
The president is scheduled to deliver his address Thursday at 8:00 pm.
“We believe what the president is doing is completely unconstitutional,” Abbott told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly Wednesday night, according to Newsmax. “He has a legal obligation to enforce the laws.”
Abbott cited two possible bases for a legal challenge:
Article 2, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, or the “Take Care” clause, which states that the president must take care to execute all laws; and Article 1, Section 8, which gives the Congress the authority to enact immigration laws.
“We have seen in Texas the consequences and we’ve dealt with them from a cost perspective of the president’s immigration policy,” Abbot told O’Reilly, referring to the recent flood of undocumented aliens that have crossed the southern border.
ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox have all announced they will not be airing the prime-time speech, The Hill reported. The Spanish language network Univision, however, plans to interrupt its programming of the Latin Grammy awards to televise the president’s speech live.
Watch the exchange below.