Two more states join Texas-led immigration lawsuit

A demonstrator that opposes illegal immigration, left, shouts at immigration supporters, Friday, July 4, 2014, outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif. Demonstrators on both sides of the immigration debate had gathered where the agency was foiled earlier this week in an attempt to bus in and process some of the immigrants who have flooded the Texas border with Mexico. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas says two more states have joined its coalition suing over the Obama administration’s executive action on immigration, meaning 26 states are now part of the case. New Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that Nevada and Tennessee have officially become part of the coalition. More than half the states are now fighting the order in a federal court in Brownsville.

Announced in November, the president’s unilateral move is designed to spare millions of people living illegally in the United States from deportation. The lawsuit accuses the White House of “trampling” the Constitution.

A federal judge heard arguments Jan. 15 but didn’t immediately rule on an injunction the coalition is seeking. It would suspend Obama’s action until the lawsuit makes its way through the courts.

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