Fox Statement on 5th Circuit Ruling against President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action
Court says Montana and other states ‘likely to succeed’ in ultimate legal challenge
Attorney General Tim Fox released the following statement regarding the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding 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. 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. Yesterday’s ruling on the appeal is the third time federal courts have sided with Montana and the other states on this legal challenge.
The ruling is available online: https://dojmt.gov/wp-content/uploads/15-40238-CV0.pdf