Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt Issues Statement on the Demonstration Against Immigration Lawsuit

May 19, 2015

Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt issued the following statement:

    “This nation was founded on the doctrine of the separation of powers, and the president alone cannot make the law,” said Laxalt. “In January, Nevada joined this lawsuit along with 25 other states in an effort to protect and secure the interests of the state. The objective of this lawsuit is not, as activists have recently publicized, to target any particular group. Instead, Nevada’s participation is about protecting the rule of law and our constitutional system, an issue which transcends immigration policy entirely.”

      AG Laxalt further stated, “Any claim that the executive action taken by the president would not apply to Nevada had I not joined this lawsuit is false. The federal judge’s injunction applies to all states. In fact, even the Obama administration recognizes that the current injunction applies to all 50 states, including those that did not join the lawsuit. The Fifth Circuit brief by the federal government requesting that the injunction be overturned concedes, ‘the district court enjoined the Guidance on a nationwide basis, barring implementation in states that do not oppose the policies set forth in the Guidance and even in states that actively support them.’ I once again stress that the solution to our broken immigration system must be a permanent and legal one, resulting from the president and Congress working together, as our Constitution requires.”

        In addition to Nevada, other states that have joined the suit include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.