Texas is leading a 17-state coalition that sued the Obama administration on Wednesday over its executive order to ease the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said.
The case filed at the Federal Court in the Southern District of Texas said the executive order was unlawful.
Abbott, a Republican and the Texas governor-elect added the order requires federal agencies "to award large benefits to individuals whose
conduct contradicts the priorities of Congress."
With 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, Obama's plan would let some 4.4 million who are parents of US citizens and legal permanent residents to remain in the country temporarily, without the threat of deportation.