Wisconsin is joining a federal lawsuit over President Obama’s executive order on immigration. Governors and Attorneys General from 17 states filed the legal challenge Wednesday, which seeks to block the president’s recent executive action to unilaterally change immigration law.
The lawsuit, filed originally by the state of Texas, raises issues about the constitutionality of the president’s recent executive action to prevent the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, along with the potential costs and consequences of the policy.
In a statement, Governor Scott Walker said the immigration system is broken, but it’s an issue that should be addressed through a collaborative federal effort and “not unilateral action by the President.” Walker stressed the lawsuit is not about immigration. Rather, it’s about the “rule of law and the legality of President Obama’s actions.”
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen argued in a statement that “it is clear that the President has exceeded his authority and that this important matter should be reviewed by the courts.”