Opinion

A partisan lawsuit

From an editorial Wednesday in the (Greensboro) News & Record:

Gov. Pat McCrory ran off to Texas last week to join its Republican attorney general in a lawsuit against the federal government over immigration. He left North Carolina’s attorney general behind.

Texas AG Greg Abbott is a lawsuit animal. “I go into the office, I sue the federal government, and I go home,” he once quipped to a Tea Party group.

He was only half-kidding. As attorney general, he’s filed more than 30 lawsuits against the federal government. Most of the suits challenge actions by the Environmental Protection Agency. Other targets include the Dodd-Frank Act, fishing rules, abortion funding and, of course, the Affordable Care Act.

The latest suit claims Obama’s executive order granting temporary legal status to some illegal immigrants, if they register and agree to pay taxes, is unconstitutional because it fails to carry out laws passed by Congress.

Governors or attorneys general from 17 states joined Abbott’s suit. McCrory, a Republican, was one of those governors, but he didn’t ask N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper to go along – or even let him know. Cooper is a Democrat.

A better course for McCrory would be to urge North Carolina’s Republican congressional delegation to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill, as employer groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce support. Even in the unlikely event a lawsuit were successful, the problem would still exist.

North Carolina’s governor should contribute to a solution, not more obstruction.

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