After the political pow-wow yesterday, the media reported that Obama reiterated that he will still do an Executive Order on amnesty before the year is over. What will the order look like? We still don’t know the details, which is weird since it’s been pending since Spring.
On a dovetail side note, it appears to me that the president didn’t gather the leaders to a luncheon to break bread and find common ground at all, as that could have waited until next week. No, it was a rouse to ask for more money to expand his overseas contingency operation that he promised would not require boots on the ground. I only mention this as it’s just another lie to mask what he really wants from Congress and he did it on the very day that was meant to set the tone for the path forward.
Obama promised his Hispanic base that he would act on amnesty if Congress didn’t before the summer was over, not to mention it was a campaign promise of 2008. He either lied or broke that promise purely for political gains and probably from pressure from Democrats to hold off until after the elections when he said back then, he would take “bold executive action”. Now he is making the same promise to act before the end of the year. Word has it that the conversation in said pow-wow got ugly and he was adamant on taking action by fiat despite the pleas from the GOP Leaders to step away from his pen.
I say go ahead, make good on your promise Mr. President and use your pen. Granting amnesty to millions of illegals is wildly unpopular with all Americans, especially after the child surge at the border that everyone watched with disbelief that this could be happening to our country.
It became a close up of what’s to come if he sends out more signals that if you aren’t here yet, foreigners should get here ASAP while the amnesty is doled out for those already here. Make a run for the border now!
And it’s personal for so many taxpayers that now may have to pay more or go without municipal services because of the extra burden the children are putting on some of the local school systems.
Obama said that he’s taking action on his own because it’s what’s best for the country. If he feels that strongly about it, he didn’t need to wait until after the election. But he did. Why?
Because he wants Republican fingerprints on it. He’s tried to trap the Republicans into passing comprehensive legislation since the Senate passed S. 744 in June 2013, but they haven’t taken his bait. Speaker Boehner deserves credit for listening to his caucus and not taking up the Senate bill because the House knows that Americans don’t like the bill. And after this election, it’s clear that the country is in no mood for amnesty or any unilateral action by this president.
The citizens of deep blue Oregon said no to a ballot measure by 2-1 to give drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. That’s very telling and the measure isn’t even close to giving amnesty! And if you look at what states have given illegals drivers licenses without the people’s consent, clearly the Democrats suffered loses in some of those states this election.
“Oregon is the only state in the country that (gave citizens the) opportunity to vote on giving driver cards to those who cannot prove legal presence in the United States.” If only every state had the power of initiative and referendum. Ten states, including California, Connecticut, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont and Washington, plus the District of Columbia, “have had the law forced upon them with little or no recourse available to them.”
Several Republican candidates ran against amnesty and illegal immigration and ran over 5,000 ads this season, even some from Rove’s Crossroads PAC. This was a campaign talking point for many including Scott Brown who closed his gap.
Obama had a super majority for two years and could have passed any immigration bill he and his radical Democrats could dream up. They didn’t when they had carte blanch so it must not be that important to them. What’s his hurry? Executive Orders aren’t dependent upon a lame duck session. So the Republican’s have until the Christmas break or else what?
The only details leaked is that it will give legal status to 4-5M people already here. Is it based on a lottery system? Who gets that privilege and who gets to “stay in the shadows”? Some illegals will be very unhappy I’m sure.
The bottom line is this. The president doesn’t want to act alone because even he knows that it will put the Democrats in the wilderness for years to come. Kiss 2016 goodbye. Maybe he despises Bill and Hill that much that he’s willing to torpedo her chances to succeed him!
Who can forget [mc_name name=’Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’S000148′ ]’s early prediction and now infamous quote just before S. 744 was passed?
Congressman Boehner is in a box. There are about 60 or 70 of his people who are against any immigration reform. But at the same time, he knows that the Republican Party will be consigned to a minority party for a generation if they’re anti-immigration.
Oops. Maybe he’ll be holding the farewell parties in his office for all his pink-slipped comrades or does that pleasure go to Leader Reid? A fun time will be had by all (that still remain)!
The fact is Obama has already decimated our immigration system by not following the existing laws. The number of policy directives by DHS and it’s umbrella agencies to stop deportation and look the other way on border crossers is astounding. He doesn’t need to use his pen on more E.O.’s since he’s already bypassed and ignored nearly all of our entire immigration laws already. Here’s a list of all the forms of executive policy directives that ignore or contradict existing laws.
To be honest, there isn’t much left of our lawful system and he knows this. He just wants Republicans to make it official and lasting with actual legislation, knowing the next president will erase his unlawful actions.
Any conversation other than we’ll consider immigration reform if, and only if, he follows existing laws, is a non-starter. That’s the starting point; not secure the borders first.
Every time Obama uses his pen to by pass Congress, he is defiantly disenfranchising the votes of all American citizens as I said here to spur that discussion. We elected our officials to represent us and the House has listened to us for the past year and a half by not passing the Senate immigration bill (which they couldn’t since the Senate never sent it over).
Clearly this election cemented the sentiment of Americans who want Congress to stop this imperial president and thus voted Republicans to also control the Senate. That was the voters mandate; stop Obama and the use of his pen and his un-American policies.
Obama is bluffing on his E.O. and if he does take action, it will be minor. Some of you may have read this fun little finger-pointing piece from just two months ago, “The Twists and Turns of The Immigration Bluffers and The Bluffees”:
(On Sep. 6th) Obama drew a red line on acting unilaterally on some type of immigration reform by the end of the summer with his pen and phone because Congress didn’t act to his likening.
It’s bad enough for the POTUS to draw a read line, see it crossed and do nothing, but it’s really bad when he does it in the span of one day. We found out yesterday that he withdrew his pen and surrendered to the at-risk Democrats. What will he say now?
“I didn’t set a red line. The Republican’s set a red line by not passing a bill.” or “I didn’t set a red line. The Democrats changed the deadline.”
Whether to call it a deadline or redline is moot as once again he lied to the American people. At least those Senate Democrats in red states called his bluff.
The open borders supporters of his were furious at him erasing his redline to act by the end of summer and decided to sit out the election as payback. I guess they’ll never learn that until he can get Republicans to pass some immigration legislation that he likes, he is simply bluffing and blowing smoke in their direction.
There’s only one way for the Republicans to play this out. Let him use his pen and make good on his promise; it will ruin his Party. Speaker Boehner was right for saying to Obama, “He will burn himself”. I agree.
Go ahead Mr. President. Make America’s day. Trigger that ink in your pen. You told us it’s locked and loaded so you go first. Ready, aim, sign!