Indiana joins lawsuit over Obama immigration order

Governor Mike Pence (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says President Barack Obama’s executive order changing U.S. immigration law amounts to “an unacceptable end run around the democratic process.”

Pence on Wednesday instructed Attorney General Greg Zoeller ((ZEL’-ur) to join a 17-state coalition suing to have Obama’s Nov. 20 order ruled unconstitutional. Zoeller’s office said attorneys from Barnes & Thornburg would represent Indiana in the case.

Obama’s order extends protection from deportation and the right to work to an estimated 4.1 million parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years.

Many top Republicans have denounced the move.

Pence says the lawsuit filed by Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott seeks to “restore the rule of law and proper balance to our constitutional system of government.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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