It's a pretty basic equation: When the Obama administration does something, Governor Rick Perry's against it. When at all possible, his administration will refuse to implement in Texas whatever policy change the feds have made. Expanding Medicaid? He's not going to do it here, no matter how many millions of uninsured people we have. Feds ban the implementation of the state's voter ID law, pointing out that it violates the Voting Rights Act? Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sues them in federal court.
For the most part, lawsuits have been Perry and company's favored strategy against Obama. As Abbott famously put it at a GOP convention: "My job is pretty simple. I go into the office, I sue the federal government, and then I go home."
But what exactly can Perry and Abbott do about deferred action? The executive order allows undocumented immigrants brought here as children to apply for citizenship work permits, avoiding deportation for up to two years. It's entirely a federal matter.
But that hasn't deterred Perry from sending Abbott a public letter about "aliens" and all the benefits they will still not be receiving in Texas.