AG Tim Fox Comments on Immigration Decision Overturning Obama Executive Action [YouTube]
Early Tuesday morning, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
“Once again a federal court has agreed with Montana and 25 other states that President Obama acted beyond his authority with his executive action on amnesty and illegal immigration,” Fox said. “The president’s duty is to faithfully execute the laws enacted by the peoples’ elected representatives in Congress. He cannot ignore or change those laws to suit his own agenda. Montana will continue to stand up against executive overreach and defend the rule of law whenever necessary.”
Last year Montana and other states filed suit against several executive actions that the president undertook unilaterally, actions that would effectively grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. In February of this year, a federal judge prevented the new program from taking effect. In May, a federal court panel refused to let the program continue while it considered the appeal. Monday’s ruling on the appeal is the third time federal courts have sided with Montana and the other states on this legal challenge.
President Obama said he would appeal the court's decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, a decision which Attorney General Fox welcomes.