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Texas' Governor-Elect Didn't Like Obama's Immigration Announcement — and He Has a Plan to Fight It

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"Texans have witnessed firsthand the costs and consequences caused by President Obama’s dictatorial immigration policy..."

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, Texas Attorney General and Republican Governor-elect Greg Abbott acknowledges the crowd during his victory celebration in Austin, Texas. The first new Texas governor in 14 years is something of a city slicker: an articulate lawyer from Houston, who talks without a twang and campaigned with careful political discipline. (AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Mengwen Cao)

Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott pledged quick action to President Barack Obama's immigration plans Thursday night, saying he is prepared to challenge it in court.

“President Obama has circumvented Congress and deliberately bypassed the will of the American people, eroding the very foundation of our nation’s Constitution and bestowing a legacy of lawlessness,"Abbott, a Republican and the state's current attorney general, said in a statement.

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, Texas Attorney General and Republican Governor-elect Greg Abbott acknowledges the crowd during his victory celebration in Austin, Texas. The first new Texas governor in 14 years is something of a city slicker: an articulate lawyer from Houston, who talks without a twang and campaigned with careful political discipline. (AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Mengwen Cao) In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, Texas Attorney General and Republican Governor-elect Greg Abbott acknowledges the crowd during his victory celebration in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Mengwen Cao)

"Texans have witnessed firsthand the costs and consequences caused by President Obama’s dictatorial immigration policy and now we must work together toward a solution in fixing our broken immigration system," he continued.

[sharequote align="center"]"I am prepared to immediately challenge President Obama in court"[/sharequote]

"Following tonight’s pronouncement, I am prepared to immediately challenge President Obama in court, securing our state's sovereignty and guaranteeing the rule of law as it was intended under the Constitution," Abbott concluded.

In a primetime address to the nation Thursday, Obama announced sweeping executive actions on immigration that will allow nearly 5 million people who have entered the country illegally to remain in the U.S. for three years without fear of deportation.

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