North Carolina will not be joining Gov. Pat McCrory as a plaintiff in the multistate lawsuit filed earlier this week challenging President Barack Obama’s recent executive order on immigration.
McCrory signed on to that lawsuit in his capacity as governor and without the apparent support of his attorney general. Seventeen states and three other governors are also plaintiffs.
Yesterday, after the lawsuit had been filed on Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest sent a letter to Attorney General Roy Cooper, asking him to join the case on behalf of the state.
In a letter today, Cooper declined, adding that he did not think it beneficial for the state to join the lawsuit and add to the divisiveness and inaction already surrounding the immigration debate.