Obama, illegal immigration, and the law

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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.

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Bob Siegel
A graduate of Denver Seminary and San Jose State University, Bob Siegel is a radio talk show host and popular guest speaker at churches and college campuses across the country, using a variety of media including, seminars, formal debates, outdoor open forums, and one man drama presentations. In addition to his own weekly radio show (KCBQ 1170, San Diego) Bob has been a guest on many other programs, including The 700 Club, Washington Times Radio's Inside the Story, The Rick Amato Show, KUSI Television's Good Morning San Diego, and the world popular Jonathan Parkradio drama series, for which Bob guest starred in two episodes and wrote one episode, The Clue From Ninevah. In addition to CDN, Bob is a regular contributor for San Diego Rostra. Bob does a good deal of playwriting as well (14 plays & 5 collaborations), including the award winning, Eternal Reach. Bob has also published books of both fiction and non-fiction including; I'd Like to Believe In Jesus, But...and a fantasy novel, The Dangerous Christmas Ornament.
  • JohnnyBazooka

    This is… a bad article.

    First off, the President can indeed pass an executive order temporarily legalizing up to six million people, and a vague statement referring to different kinds of Executive Actions doesn’t address why he can’t.

    He has that authority via an exercise of prosecutorial discretion, a principle well established in constitutional law. The Chief Legal Counsel for USCIS (federal immigration agency) has acknowledged that an Executive Order of this kind would be legal, and would survive being challenged in court, assuming such a challenge could be presented in the first place (it’s complicated, but in general, suing to stop executive orders is hard).

    He also has the authority, via the Constitution itself, to pardon immigrants for criminal violations of federal immigration law, although I doubt he will go this far.

    You are misinforming your viewers/listeners by being intellectually callous.

    • Bob Siegel

      The president himself said he did not have such authority and he is quoted in this very article.

      • JohnnyBazooka

        The quote is out of context. He was talking to Latinos and explaining why he hadn’t acted up to that point. I’m sure if the audience was Republicans, he would say it was “potentially feasible” or some nonsense.

        Does that make Obama deceptive? To a degree, but the underlying dynamics of the law are nonetheless unchanged.

        • Bob Siegel

          No matter how much you slice this, it’s still baloney. Of course Obama was being political. He’s being political whenever he gives a speech. Whatever his reasons for saying this, he still said it. It was not taken out of context. Amazing, the energy people go through to convince us that somebody didn’t really say what they said.

          • JohnnyBazooka

            I could accuse you of the same thing. Regardless of his actual legal authority, you will find an excuse to oppose what he is doing.

            You have an opinion (no legalization), and are now finding evidence to back it up, rather than the other way around, even in the form of a quote.

            Let’s take it a step further and say the quote wasn’t out of context (it was). So what?

            Does that change his underlying executive authority? According to most law professors, no. Does that change his ability to legalize people? No. THAT makes your article wrong, not the quote.

            Also there’s no convincing “us.” Unless you think there’s two of you.

          • Bob Siegel

            What my article as all about WAS the quote. Having said that, it matters not to me how many legal “experts” you refer to, as other legal authorities are saying quite the opposite. Bottom line: Obama’s authority or lack there of would have to come from the Constitution itself which says that as President he is obligated to protect our laws. His role is not to change our laws. Laws are to be made by the legislative branch and Article One clearly lists naturalization under THEIR powers, not the president’s. That right belonging to Congress was also upheld by the Supreme Court. But, I’ll tell you what: Since you think Obama has this legal authority, you are welcome to call my radio show sometime and debate this with me over the air. With your self described superior knowledge of the law and my “intellectually callous” position, the debate should be a cake walk for you. You will have a first hand opportunity to show my audience how I am “misinforming” them. My offer is sincere. At the end of my articles is info that leads you to my Website where you can find my E Mail and contact me. Then we can set something up. What do you say?

  • Captain Hadley

    Obama’s personal jihad against the Constitution of the United States is destined to fail.