- The Washington Times - Monday, December 8, 2014

A narrow plurality of voters in the country are in favor of their state suing over President Obama’s recently-announced executive actions to grant temporary legal status and work permits to more than 4 million illegal immigrants in the country.

Forty-five percent of likely U.S. voters favor their state suing the administration over the policy and 42 percent are opposed to such a lawsuit, according to a Rasmussen poll.

Led by Texas, leaders in 17 states filed a lawsuit last week over the administration’s actions, arguing that the move is beyond the president’s constitutional authority and would injure the states in the way of increased costs associated with the newly legalized residents.

On Friday, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said she intends to join the lawsuit as well.

“This issue in this lawsuit is not about immigration, the issue in this lawsuit is about abuse of executive power,” Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And if this abuse is not stopped, it will erode the constitution that has attracted people to this country for generations.”

The issue has also complicated efforts on Capitol Hill to come to an agreement on funding the government past Dec. 11.

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives approved a measure last week intended to nullify the president’s actions, but the measure won’t go anywhere in a Senate still controlled by Democrats.

It was intended to give Republican members a chance to register their opposition to the president as plans are still developing to pass a measure to fund most of the government through next fall and homeland security through early next year, when a Congress fully controlled by the GOP could revisit the issue.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters was taken Dec. 5-6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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