I am about a day late with this post, but it is still important to discuss. Here is the question of the day. Actually, it could be the question of the year, but who’s counting? Since when is it the President’s prerogative to decide which laws his administration will enforce? As we have previously witnessed, President Obama seems to believe he can cherry pick his poison, seems to believe it is up to him to decide if he will enforce this law or that. Never have I seen a President so willing to ignore the rule of law, or to ignore what the courts have instructed him to do. Such is the case with the moratorium on drilling for oil and also with the DREAM Act.
You remember the DREAM Act, don’t you? It’s the legislation that the Democrats tried to pass through Congress and send to the White House for Obama’s signature. It would have granted conditional permanent residency status to illegal alien students who have met certain requirements. In a roundabout way, it would have granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and it failed to pass Congress. Given the way our government is supposed to work, one would think that would be the end of that, unless it was presented again to Congress. One would be wrong in that assumption.
According to new rules issued by the Obama administration on Thursday, here is how deportation of illegal immigrants will be handled from now on. From The Washington Times:
Bowing to pressure from immigrant rights activists, the Obama administration said Thursday that it will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria, such as attending school, having family in the military or having primary responsible for other family members’ care.
This marks a 180° about face from the previous assertion that the administration did not have the authority to halt the deportations. Follow the laws of Congress, I must, said the man in the Oval Office. As it turns out, not so much the case, it seems.
But in letters to Congress on Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she does have discretion to focus on “priorities” and that her department and the Justice Department will review all ongoing cases to see who meets the new criteria.
It should be noted that the rules in discussion are the result of an order given to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on June 17, 2011, to start reordering the priorities they place on deportees. It was then that the game plan to go around our current immigration laws was established. As America’s Watchtower has been asserting, President Obama is very interested in doing things on his own and this is exactly what he is doing with these new rules.
I know full well we have a major immigration problem in this country. Obtaining citizenship may be a bit arduous and no one can honestly claim that the borders are secure. Personally, I think the border security is our first priority in this fight. Once that is accomplished, then we can move forward to reforming our laws and citizenship requirements, as needed. Some of you may disagree, believing that reform is the first step to take. I have no problem with entering that discussion, but even if that were to be the case, it does not give President Obama the right to circumvent Congress and to do things his own way. No matter how he feels about the immigration problem, no matter how strongly he believes the current laws need to be changed, he is not allowed to do an end run around Congress and the immigration laws that are currently on the books. This is one more reason why this President needs to be defeated in 2012. Another four years of Barack Obama, I think we can not stand.
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