Abbott: The Lawsuit is Not About Immigration, It's About Abuse Of Executive Power


CHUCK TODD, MEET THE PRESS: I want to play for you a clip that you've heard from a previous governor of Texas and what he has said about immigration. Here it is.

GEORGE W. BUSH (ON TAPE): I want to remind people that family values do not stop at the Rio Grande River. People are coming to our country to do jobs that Americans won't do to be able to feed their families. And I think there's a humane way to recognize that and at the same time protect our borders and at the same way to make sure that we don't disadvantage those who have stood in line for years to become a legal citizen.

CHUCK TODD: Do you agree with that statement?

GREG ABBOTT, TEXAS GOV-ELECT: Well, in a way I understand this even more powerfully because my wife is going to be the first Hispanic first lady in the history of Texas. And Texas has had a long tradition of uniting the Hispanic culture with Texas values. But remember this, there is a reason why people come from across the world to the United States and that is because of the power of what the Constitution has enabled this country to be.

It's the Constitution itself that is under assault by the president of the United States by this executive order. Chuck, what we are doing is this issue and this lawsuit is not about immigration. The issue in this lawsuit is about abuse of executive power. And if this abuse is not stopped it will erode the constitution that has attracted so many people to this country for generations.

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