Arizona officials are threatening to file legal action against the Obama administration if it does not stop moving undocumented immigrants from Texas into their state.
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Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, in a cease-and-desist letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he’d allow a reasonable amount of time for the migrations to stop, but if they don’t, he’ll work with other state agencies to sue the federal government.
Horne can’t sue the government directly, reports The Washington Post, but he is “aggressively pursuing all options,” including working with others in the state government who can bring a lawsuit against the government.
The government is potentially violating federal statutes, said Horne, who says it’s the government’s “duty to control and guard the boundaries and borders of the United States against the illegal entry of aliens.” He also commented that transporting such immigrants is “far beyond the federal government’s discretionary authority.”