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Mississippi joins federal immigration lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has joined in a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its plan to stop deporting many young illegal immigrants and grant them work permits.

Bryant made the announcement Wednesday.

The lawsuit was filed in August in federal court in Dallas on behalf of 10 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees. It contends that the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals plan violates federal law and forces ICE employees to break the law by not arresting certain illegal immigrants.

Bryant says in a news release that the states must protect their borders while the federal government continues to ignore a growing immigration problem.

Bryant says he believes the action by the Obama administration is unconstitutional and circumvents Congress' authority.

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