Pence calls Obama immigration order 'end run' around constitution as Indiana joins lawsuit

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says President Barack Obama's executive order changing U.S. immigration law amounts to "an unacceptable end run around the democratic process."

Pence on Wednesday instructed Attorney General Greg Zoeller ((ZEL'-ur) to join a 17-state coalition suing to have Obama's Nov. 20 order ruled unconstitutional. Zoeller's office said attorneys from Barnes & Thornburg would represent Indiana in the case.

Obama's order extends protection from deportation and the right to work to an estimated 4.1 million parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years.

Many top Republicans have denounced the move.

Pence says the lawsuit filed by Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott seeks to "restore the rule of law and proper balance to our constitutional system of government."

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