Iowa congressman expects immigration lawsuit against Obama in ‘weeks’

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King says he expects that the immigration lawsuit he is spearheading against President Obama will be filed in a court within weeks.

“I think we’re talking weeks rather than months,” King told The Daily Caller in an interview Friday about the planned legal action against Obama.

King’s lawsuit is in response to the Obama administration’s divisive announcement last month that the government would stop deporting certain illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.

The congressman said a meeting was held last Tuesday with potential co-plaintiffs interested in signing on to the lawsuit to prevent the Obama administration from going through with its plan.

King, who would likely be the lead plaintiff, would not specifically name who else attended, but he said one U.S. senator, four state executive offices and five non-governmental organizations were represented at the meeting.

“It was a very impressive group of people from my perspective,” he said.

The congressman said the challenge is to meet the requirement for standing, but said the consensus of those at the meeting was that, “If the case is heard on the merits, we’re in an excellent position to succeed.”

He said there are at least four possible legal components to the lawsuit, including seeking a writ of mandamus, which would direct Obama to enforce the law.

“There is an effort that might simply invalidate his executive edict,” King explained, “and there’s also a federal statute that requires them – law enforcement officers – to place illegals into deportation proceedings.”

“Another component of it,” King said, “is the violation of the administrative procedures that the president appears to have ordered [US Citizen and Immigration Services] to engage in.”

Obama’s executive order is expected to affect between 800,000 and 1.4 million people in the country illegally.

The congressman said they are working on how to fund the effort, as well as a strong media message.

“I don’t think there’s anyone who hasn’t wondered at least what kind of media message might have changed the decision of the Supreme Court,” King said. “So we have to carry a media message as well as a strong legal team as well as fundraising.”

Daily Caller executive editor David Martosko contributed to this report.

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