Gov. Nikki Haley announced in a joint news conference on Wednesday that she and Attorney General Alan Wilson would join 16 other states in suing to block President Barack Obama’s immigration order.
Signed in November, the executive order focuses federal resources on the porous border and on deportation of people with criminal histories. It lets immigrant parents of U.S.-born citizens apply for a three-year extension to stay in the country as long as they are able to pass a background check. Applicants also must have lived in the country for at least five years.
Haley said Obama opened the floodgates by failing to execute the law, which didn’t permit immigrants to stay in the country without up-to-date documentation. She said she found that 588 children have come to the state as a result of the policy, though her office was unable to obtain information that would identify the children.
Wilson said the states aren’t asking for damages because the damages couldn’t be quantified.
But some data on the costs associated with illegal immigration is available. This chart illustrates some of these costs.