So, after months of talking about how he was going to act alone, going so far as to use his pen and phone, our feckless President Obama has laid out his plan for granting amnesty. Of course, Obama needed to justify this plan and try to fool at least some of the voters in this country. To that end, he declared his plan is NOT amnesty…and that it is perfectly legal.
Obama Does a 360, Declares Unilateral Action
This still flies directly in the face of six years of Obama insisting he didn’t have the authority to unilaterally change the immigration laws without the consent of Congress. I suppose that he is still hearing that mandate from those non-voters; maybe they were the ones who told him to go ahead and act on this now.
Honestly, though, this is probably simply how the most arrogant President in history gets his revenge. He has been reportedly furious ever since the Democrats endured their tidal wave of defeat in the midterms earlier this month. This is how Obama strikes back; by picking a political fight. He doesn’t think that the Republicans have the political will to do anything about this new plan, or he thinks they don’t have enough tools or power to do so. Maybe he thinks they won’t actually block his nominees…or that such a political battle would go badly for the Republicans? Then again, maybe he just doesn’t even care?
Obama Claims Authority to Act Alone
So, if this new plan of Obama’s isn’t amnesty, then what exactly is it? He tried to justify this by claiming, “there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President…that will help make our immigration system more fair and just.” Perhaps, but certainly not by going behind the back of Congress; not that this is really anything new for Obama…he has never been much for working together with Congress.
Even when Congress was held by the Democrats for the first two years of his Presidency, Obama seemed not to care about doing any type of immigration reform deal. Undoubtedly, this was something he could have had. Even up until he started simply not enforcing immigration laws and allowing a huge and constant flow of illegals over our southern border, he probably could have been able to get some type of deal.
Plan Could Be Devastating For Economy
That deal, probably wouldn’t have looked like his new plan. This calls for the fast tracking of green cards in order to make illegals eligible for numerous government welfare and other handout programs. That’s just what our country needs right about now, as our national debt is about to blast through the $18 trillion mark. That would be bad enough, but Obama’s plan also calls for the issuance of five million new work permits for those illegals living inside the United States.
Hopefully, the new Republicans in Congress are ready to stand up to this challenge. Hopefully, they will also be able to find a few more reasonably minded Democrats (yes, I know this might be difficult) to go along with them. This is more than just bad policy, it is a direct challenge to the Constitution. Even Constitutional Law professors and other liberals don’t agree with Obama’s action.
If Obama gets away with this, he will have changed the make-up of executive power and authority for years to come. Future generations will refer to this ‘plan’ and how Congress and the voters react to it as a pivotal moment in history. It was at least encouraging last night to hear some of the Republican leadership making statements to fight this and take all legal actions to prevent it from happening.
What do YOU think? Will the Republicans mount a vigorous challenge? Will it be enough to stop the new amnesty plan from really being implemented?