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President Obama – Amnesty By Default

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 Barack Obamayear, 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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • KP

    I agree with you that border security is the number one issue. Deportation can be complex in some cases. I invite you to see the movie “A Better Life”. It is a story about hard work, self respect and self reliance. It might not change many minds but it does add context to the issue.

    • I have no doubt that a great number of the illegal immigrants living in America are here for one reason only. They do want a better life and I have no problem with that. However, they do need to accomplish this legally. Just because they want this better life, gives them no excuse for breaking our laws.

      • KP

        We agree 100%. Especially looking forward and with respect to securing our borders and stopping flow. The problem arises (and you might agree) when our nation acts with a wink and a nod to workers who wanted to come here to work over the last 30 years and were enouraged to come here by employers who welcomed them into the work force. I remember the 80s well. Workers answered the call. They came, many with incredible work ethic. They made lives, had children and are productive parts of our country. I am not suggesting this is a minority or majority of illegal aliens. Just that it is a complicated question that America shares partial responsibility in.

        • That’s very true, KP. America does share a responsibility for the number of illegal immigrants in our country. This is especially true for the businesses that knowingly hire them as a source of cheap labor. Cracking down on that should be a integral part of any solution.

  • Every day it seems more and more that our President is following the foot steps of Hugo Chavez Frias. Obama is a would be dictator, IMO.

    • He does seem to live by Executive Order. His end run of Congress really irks me. Instead of following the rules our country was founded on, he is making things up as he goes along, all to suit his own purposes. That kind of thinking will lead us down a dark path.

  • This is not a question about immigration, border security, or enforcement resources; it has transcended all that and it has become something much bigger. A question about “The Rule of Law”.

    I have seen many nations slide into autocracies or just plain democratic-dictatorships – a country where there is the pretense of voting controlled by a corrupted power center.

    This is not the first example of bypassing the law of the land by this Administration. It won’t be the last one either. People should be worry and should start paying attention.

    • Very true, John. It moved far past the individual issues when he became so willing to circumvent the rule of law. That is a very dangerous path to trod, yet Obama seems more than willing to march right along.

  • Thanks for the link Larry and I think that you are right; the first step is securing the border to ensure that no more illegals are allowed into the country, then and only then can we begin to have a discussion on what to do with the illegals who are already here.
    It is very disturbing to me that Barack Obama is picking and choosing which federal laws to enforce and which ones to ignore. As president he is charged with defending and enforcing all laws, even though with which he disagrees. If he wants a law changed there is a procedure in the constitution to do just that, but he has been frustrated by the Congress on the DREAM Act and amnesty so he has decided on his own to ignore certain laws and this represents the loss of free and responsible government on this continent as we know it.

    • No problem, Steve. He likes to cherry pick which laws he will allow to be enforced and we can all see where that leads us. 2012 can not come soon enough.

  • As folks here keep saying, the one thing that must be done is secure our borders. If the borders are not secured then all other discussions become a moot point. Its like discussing the best way to bail water out of leaking boat without making any effort to fix the leak.

    As far as Obama making his own rules as he goes along, this is nothing new from him, and is just another reason we need to make sure we get him out of office in 2012.

    • Hey, Mark. Long time, no see.

      Yes, the issue of border security is first and foremost in the battle against illegal immigration. That has to be accomplished, otherwise, everything else is a waste of time.

  • The government not enforcing laws again? What else is new?

    He is trying to win over the illegals. Of course, they can’t vote…

    But do they anyway?

    • Right alongside dead people and dogs…

    • There is no question, he is pandering to the Hispanic vote. He can color it up any way he wants, but that’s the simple truth.

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  • You know I consider this the number one issue facing this country LD. If we don’t have country with discernible borders, then there is no rule of law, or even a country for that matter, as we see with this situation. As of yet, I don’t see any of our stellar Republican presidential candidates addressing this issue.

    • It really blows my mind, rjjrdq. Our border should be one of our top priorities, yet we ignore it greatly. That’s one reason I like Ron Paul. He would like to bring our troops home and I can’t help but think they could and would be put to good use in securing our borders.

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  • Cindy Doyle

    Illegal immigrants aren’t the only problem with our borders down here in Texas. Drug trafficking is down right scary. When I was young we used to be able to visit Mexico yearly but now, most cities that I used to visit, are blood baths. We need to quit protecting the borders of the middle east and protect our own borders here at home.

    • I would agree, Cindy. We have the manpower to protect our borders, but that manpower is focused elsewhere.

  • As Obama said when he couldn’t get Cap and Trade through Congress, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Such a pithy president we have.

    I agree that there is no more important issue than dealing with illegal aliens, although I am not looking for a job and am not on unemployment. If that was my plight, I might think differently. His illegal alien plan affects jobs, as well as security. It affects all of the welfare needed in this country by clogging the system with illegal welfare.

    I believe while we work toward tightening our immigration laws (no chance of doing that until the Democratically-held Senate members are still around) we must build a meaningful fence. We can do it, and it is ridiculous to say that it will us what the government says it will cost. I can’t remember the numbers, but it’s astronomical. The only way a double fence system can cost that much is because of the government’s cultish buying methods.Think of all the people we can put to work. That infrastructure I can believe in.

    He is simply breaking our laws. It’s become a habit and it worries him not, and we can’t seem to do a thing about it. While we have never seen a president like him, neither have we ever had a Congress to enable a President like this, until the last few years.

    We must take the Senate, even if we lose the Oval Office.

    • The cost of building a fence is sure to be high, given the fact that the federal government will be involved. I do think it’s a good idea and as you said, it would provide jobs.

      It all boils down to a simple fact; it’s not a priority for Obama and his administration. As for him breaking our laws, I believe that to be the case. He seems to have completely changed his job description.

  • Ozwalt

    This issue is a tough one for me, since half of my lineage is Mexican. I can see all sides to this issue fairly clearly, and I don’t see a person who sneaks across the border as a criminal thumbing his nose at our laws. What I see is someone who’s desperate. They want to come in, but the process looks hopeless. They look across the border and think they see a new life so close they can almost touch it. Why not just jump over there and give it a shot? I get that. I also get that a flood of unskilled labor doesn’t help our people or economy. While there are low level jobs that many Americans won’t do, hiring the undocumented at discount rates just drives down wages for the rest of us. But, I’m a pragmatic and prefer to focus on how to fix problems, even if the potential solutions are unpalatable. In this case, I don’t think think there is a good solution. Impossible to deport everyone who shouldn’t be here, and there are some who shouldn’t be deported in a fair world — i.e. those brought here as children who believe they are citizens — but a pure amnesty program doesn’t seem right either, and it would never pass in a Fox vs. MSNBC political environment anyway. A secure border wall would probably slow the flood and would provide jobs & the resulting tax income and economic stimulus in a New Deal sort of way. Probably, the best solution would be for our two economies to be more equal, so they wouldn’t have the motivation to come. But that means we still have a ways to drop. Icky feelings all around. With no good solution, this is the perfect wedge issue for the politicians to yell about, isn’t it?

    • Great comment, Ozwalt. Thanks for stopping by Political Realities.

      Yes, the issue of the border and illegal immigration is a very sticky situation. As you have pointed out, we obviously can not deport 11 million illegal immigrants. Logistically speaking, it would be impossible to achieve without wholesale panic and very likely, bloodshed. Any sane person shouldn’t want that to happen.

      Part of the solution would be for American companies to not hire illegal immigrants, but this seems to be a problem of supply and demand. So far, we haven’t been able to slow the demand, so the supply just keeps coming. It would help to accomplish that.

      Yes, this is the perfect wedge issue and we can expect plenty of yelling, from both sides, for the foreseeable future.