WASHINGTON, November 21, 2014 — President Obama completed his formal coronation as King Hussein last night, stripping away any pretense that he was merely a chief executive. Last night he confirmed the details of his plan to subvert America’s immigration law and the rule of law, but what it was going to look like was known for weeks.
There were no surprises; everything conforms to what was expected. It’s being talked about internationally. Even CCTV, the China Central Television Network is reporting it. Naturally the Europeans are paying attention, because they have governments leaving them open to illegal immigration and imposing excessive legal immigration on them as well.
It is also no secret that the GOP Congressional Caucus is stirred up. Sixty-three House Republicans sent a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and ranking member on the appropriations committee Nita Lowey last week to demand they use the upcoming spending legislation “to prohibit the use of funds by the administration for the implementation of current or future executive actions that would create additional work permits and green cards outside of the scope prescribed by Congress.”
Obama’s message to the nation could have been predicted almost word for word. “Today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it. It’s been this way for decades. And for decades we haven’t done much about it.”
“Broken Immigration System” is code for failure to award legal status to immigration law violators. The system, in the opinion of the President and open border advocates in both parties, is broken — not because there is no mechanism to adequately enforce the law, but instead because illegals should be given a path to citizenship on the fast track.
The way to fix it is to essentially nullify immigration law altogether. Obama said this: “What I’m describing is accountability, a common-sense, middle-ground approach. If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. If you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported.”
Obama has, in speech after speech, told audiences that he does not have the legal authority to modify immigration law. “I’m president, I’m not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.”
In 2013, he said, “I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.” Even the Tampa Bay Times’ “PolitiFact” meter found Obama’s claim that his policy hasn’t changed since he began making such statements to register on the ‘False’ meter in the red.
Obama even repudiated what has become his own presidency, while campaigning in 2008:
I taught constitutional law for ten years. I take the constitution very seriously. The biggest problem that we’re facing right now has to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States of America.” — Sen. Obama at a Townhall in Lancaster, PA, March 31, 2008
The statements he made in anticipation of the GOP reaction in Congress were remarkable. “And to those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”
To put it in plain terms, the President had one outcome in mind and Congress had no option to say “no” regarding it. No one seriously believes that if Congress had passed a bill that didn’t contain a provision to grant a reprieve from deportation to 5 million or more illegals, that Obama would have opted not to take the action he did today. Pass the bill I’m looking for or I’ll use my pen.
That is not how the Constitution manages the separation of powers, as if Obama cares.
Obama has no credibility in the claim that he will deport criminals. Every illegal has gained criminal status simply by being here outside of the legal process. With regard to illegals who have committed secondary crimes, the administration has a dismal record as well.
Even the pro-open-borders American Immigration Council found that “most of the individuals being swept up by ICE and dropped into the U.S. deportation machine committed relatively minor, non-violent crimes or have no criminal histories at all,” and that “last year’s deportation statistics make clear that even “Level 1” (convicted of an “aggravated felony,” or two or more felonies) deportees make up a minority of the immigrants whom ICE removed from the country.”
DHS is not taking care of business now, when it comes to prioritizing the deportation of criminals and national security threats; why expect anything other than business as usual following Obama’s decree?
The President’s expected action was top of mind for the agency that will be required to do the paperwork for Obama’s imperial order. Kenneth Palinkas, president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, warned that America’s immigration tensions are “about to get exponentially worse — and more dangerous if the federal government expands, as expected, the numbers of green cards and work permits it issues to foreign nationals. We are still the world’s rubber-stamp for entry into the United States — regardless of the ramifications of the constant violations to the Immigration and Nationality Act.”
More credible than any politician’s statement for public consumption are the voices of law enforcement nationwide in response to today’s announcement:
The drug cartel will exploit any opportunity to come into the United States, and this will create the cover for them to continue exploiting our porous border. This will create the opportunity for kidnapping, trafficking, sexual abuse, prostitution, and smuggling. These smugglers have no regard for human life. They destroy private property. They have no respect for law enforcement. They circumvent US checkpoints. It’s a terrible situation. — Sheriff Eddie Guerra, Hidalgo County, Texas
And in Blue state Maryland: “What we’re going to see is not only the cost to healthcare, social programs, and education, but the increase in criminals coming into our country, you’re going to see increases in crime, infiltration from transnational gangs, the drug trade and human tracking.” — Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, Frederick County, Maryland.
Also commenting from a Blue state, Massachusetts Sheriff Tom Hodgson, Bristol County:
It will dramatically increase the draw for illegal immigrants to come into our country, because you have the President of the United States sending out a message that we have no problem with people ignoring our immigration laws. They’re looking for a wink and nod that says ‘yeah, come on in’ – we’ve seen it with the DACA. It is the worst message you can possibly send. Come in, don’t worry about the laws, don’t wait your turn.
You invite people to ignore our laws. We have no knowledge of these individuals’ background or criminal histories. We [have] minors coming in right now who have confessed to murder. We in these communities are left trying to find out: who are these people? If didn’t learn anything else post-9/11, it’s that we need to know who is in our communities and what they’re purpose is. The President’s planned order is a formula for national disaster and public safety.
Equally credible are the Americans who voted in the elections earlier this month, who chose candidates who promised enforcement and not amnesty. The results speak for themselves.
The President or Emperor, or whatever he imagines himself to be, not only disrespects Congress; he disdains democracy itself.