17 states are suing President Obama over his executive action on immigration that will allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

The lawsuit says that the president is "trampling on the Constitution" and effectively offering executive amnesty.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who becomes governor in January, filed the lawsuit in partnership with 16 other governors from states like Nebraska, Maine, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant spoke to Uma Pemmaraju on "America's News Headquarters" today and said that the governors have taken action because Obama seems to "ignore the rule of law and the Constitution."

"Over 20 times, the president himself has said he didn't have the authority to unilaterally, with an executive order, offer amnesty," Bryant said.

He pointed out that the cost of illegal immigrants in his state was $25 million a year in 2006 and could be more than twice as much by now.

"17 governors, a third of the governors across America, believe we have standing and we believe the courts will agree with us."

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