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Pence Orders Indiana To Join Immigration Lawsuit

Noah Coffey

Governor Mike Pence Wednesday directed Attorney General Greg Zoeller to join a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive order on immigration. 

President Obama’s executive action, announced last month, could allow millions of illegal immigrants to avoid deportation.   

16 states have joined a lawsuit challenging the move, and Governor Mike Pence wants Indiana to become the 17th. 

In a statement, Pence calls the executive order an “unacceptable end run around the democratic process.”  He says the lawsuit isn’t about immigration, but about the rights of states to be represented in policy making decisions through Congress. 

In the wake of Mr. Obama’s order, Indiana immigration advocates praised the move as one designed to ensure families won’t be torn apart.  Both Hoosier U.S. Senators opposed the executive order. 

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.