Obama, illegal immigration, and the law
SAN DIEGO, November 6, 2014 — Despite the landslide Republican victory on Tuesday night, President Obama does not seem to be budging in his promise to implement “immigration reform” with or without Congress.
At his Wednesday press conference which debriefed the election results Obama said,
“Before the end of the year, we’re going to take whatever lawful actions that I can take…I think it’s fair to say that I’ve shown a lot of patience and tried to work on a bipartisan basis as much as possible and will keep doing so…I’ve consistently said that it is my profound preference and interest to see Congress act on a comprehensive immigration reform bill…What we can’t do is just keep on waiting, there’s a cost for waiting.”
No surprises here. He had already said in his June Rose Garden speech:
“I have also directed Secretary Johnson and Attorney General Holder to identify additional actions my administration can take on our own, within my existing legal authorities, to do what Congress refuses to do and fix as much of our immigration system as we can. If Congress will not do their job, at least we can do ours. I expect their recommendations before the end of summer and I intend to adopt those recommendations without further delay.”
While some try to defend President Obama by claiming that other presidents have issued numerous Executive Orders, others remind us that the amount of Executive Orders is not the issue, but rather the types of Executive Orders. Are they really being used constitutionally, only in the case of an emergency such as the need for swift military action, or are they part of an agenda?
As the debate wages on, perhaps we would do well to stop for a moment and consider the words of a previous president who did not believe he had this much authority.
“I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce. And I think there’s been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the DREAM Act passed and getting comprehensive immigration passed by perpetrating the notion that somehow, by myself, I can go and do these things. It’s just not true”
This “previous president” is also President Obama, an older version evidently, one that existed back in the year 2012 when he explained to a group of immigration reform advocates about why he had not done as much about immigration as they might have hoped. This older Obama is in disagreement with our current Obama 5.0.
Oh well. This is the man who claims he has “evolved” when a position changes. Conveniently, the evolution always tends to give him some kind of political advantage with the base he is trying to impress.
This is Bob Siegel, making the obvious, obvious.
Bob Siegel is a weekend radio talk show host on KCBQ and columnist. Details of his show can be found at www.bobsiegel.net.