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SD among coalition suing over immigration order

December 3, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is among a 17-state coalition that has filed a federal lawsuit over the Obama administration’s recently announced executive actions on immigration.

Many top Republicans have denounced the president’s unilateral move designed to spare from deportation as many as 5 million people living illegally in the United States. Texas is leading the coalition of states, which are mostly in the South and Midwest.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says President Barack Obama’s actions exceed his authority and constitutional power on immigration reform. Jackley says joining the suit won’t cost anything to South Dakota.

Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott is leading the challenge filed Wednesday in federal court in the Southern District of Texas. Abbot argues that Obama’s action “tramples” portions of the U.S. Constitution.

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