Obama’s attempt to impose amnesty: a bluff?


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This article suggests that Obama’ attempt to impose immigration amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants is much less of a threat to the Constitution than implied by his own words and by the passionate response of many partisan conservatives.

[W]hile Barack Obama will no doubt argue about the fierce urgency of now, the plan has a rather large gap between his speech tonight and the actual action Obama promises to take. Section 2 is titled in bold font, You Cannot Apply For Several Months. The start of the program is nebulously given as “early 2015,” which could mean anything from January 2 to, say, June 29th. Why not start now if Obama is so tired of waiting? One has to wonder whether this is a bluff of sorts, intended to scare House Republicans into passing the Senate bill in the waning days of the lame-duck session. If Obama’s willing to wait “several months” to take action, why not just wait and at least attempt negotiation with incoming Republican leadership? [Emphasis in original]

The article, as well as this one, also note the problems faced by any illegals who try to apply under this Obama effort. They will expose themselves using a program of doubtful legality likely to be terminated by the next president or by the Republican Congress coming to power in January.

What Obama is attempting to do is certainly damaging to the rule of law, but I think it will turn out to be far more damaging to him and to the Democrats who try to defend him for doing it. As I noted earlier, Obama is now known by all to be a liar and a fraud. Supporting him in doing lawless acts as well can not be poilitically helpful for Democrats.

5 comments

  • Garry

    The more I hear and read about this, the emptier the “promise.” More than anything, it seems to be a diversion from other issues.

    Those of us who oppose this action should emphasize not only the balance of power aspect, but also the unfairness for legal immigrants.

    One legal immigrant family I know has been in this country for about 20 years on the father’s work visa, and the father is the only with a work permit. Not only can’t the wife work legally, but the children, who moved here at a very young age and know no other country, are not allowed to work. Imagine being 22 years old, a recent college graduate who has known only the US, but you aren’t allowed to work legally. The only legal alternative is to go back to the repressive country where you grew up but don’t remember, while your family stays here.

    I know several other spouses/children who are here legally because their spouse/parent is a professional (IT, professor, etc.) with a work visa, yet they cannot work; most of them have been here 15 years or more and have paid immigration lawyers tens of thousands of dollars with no real benefit. Maybe they have the wrong lawyers, or maybe they’re right when they say the system is very poorly designed.

    If the Republicans are smart (yeah, I know), they would write an immigration bill addressing the plight of the legal immigrants. If the President vetoes, make the case publicly, and make the President the party of no.

  • Edward

    Everyone seems to be missing the point. It is not what Obama does with his illegal, unconstitutional, tyrannical, dictatorial edicts; it is that he can get away with making them, whether or not they are good ideas.

    The problem is not that he is the president rather than the emperor; the problem is that he swept away that problem by playing emperor on TV — and in the White House. He has rationalized his edict by saying that it is exactly what previous presidents have done before (though he fails to say which president(s) handed out work visas to illegal aliens).

    This indicates that he intends for all future presidents to also make such edicts without any checks or balances from Congress or the Supreme Court.

    The amazing part is that the same “Constitutional Scholar” who correctly identified that the Constitution prevented him from doing exactly as he did, then went on to declare that he could do it Constitutionally, and without explaining how it was suddenly Constitutional to do so (other than saying “everyone else was jumping off the bridge, so I blindly thought it was a good idea” — is anyone else thinking that he is a young teenager in a president’s body?).

    With ObamaCare, we moved into a tyranny that has allowed itself to direct We the People as to how to spend our own hard-earned money. (Seriously, everyone, I truly want to know what other tyranny has ever done this — please ask your friends, professors, families, whoever and respond with an answer, because I really do not want America to have gone from freedom to a uniquely terrible tyranny with the simple stroke of a signature.)

    With this non-amnesty (Obama specified that amnesty was the system that we had before he used his pen and his phone, so we are now beyond amnesty), we have moved into a dictatorship in which the emperor “listens” to the 2/3 of Americans who didn’t say anything and does as he pleases (he said that he “heard” the 2/3 who didn’t vote a couple of weeks ago).

    When the voices are in your head, no one can tell you that you heard wrong.

    As Mel Brooks said in “The History of the World, Part 1”: “It’s good to be king.”

  • Cotour

    Strategically Obama looks good to those he owes a supposed debt, and his fellow Marxists. The Republicans may become frozen in their response and that is the more powerful message here. This is the only way that he can feel accomplished, I have to give him a strategic gold star for having the stones to go ahead with it.

    As a side note I read this morning in the NY Post or Daily news, in NYC there are aprox. 1 million children in the public schools, 350 thousand of them are the children of illegal aliens. Thats 1/3 of all of the children enrolled.

    Like it or not America is being forced to blend its population over and above the will of the people by the very un American Liberal Democrat party (read, treasonous to the Constitution if the Constitution is the standard by which you measure our country) and a weak and hollow Republican party. They are both sell outs to the interests of the people and the country.

  • Cotour

    That 350,000 was for the state of NY or 12% of all children in the state.

    http://nypost.com/2014/11/23/city-schools-warned-of-plans-to-enroll-2350-migrant-children/

    I wouldnt mind educating the world here in America if they were being taught the nasty truth about American freedom, the Constitution and how those things have made the world on balance a better place ( unapologetically subjectively of course). But they are coming here driven by the Democrat agenda and the hope of living a better life and then they are taught how terrible America is and how wonderful the promise of Socialism / Marxism is. I find that unreasonable and unacceptable.

    long term Mr. Obama will serve his purpose.

  • Edward

    One of the problems, here, are the educations that are stolen from US citizens and legal residents. Not only are the schools more crowded than they would have been, with less personal time for each student who needs extra attention on a topic, but the resources expended on illegal aliens* could have been used for better education for legal citizens and residents.

    Worse, many states give advantages to illegal aliens as they enter college, too. In-state tuition is one example, and EOP status is another. This results in at least two problems for US citizens and legal residents:

    1) More state funding is needed to make up for the revenue that would have come from a legal foreign student (including out of state US citizens).

    2) For each illegal alien in college, there is one US citizen or legal foreign student not in college.

    3) More and more students are arriving at college in need of remedial educations in English and math, and they are not all illegal aliens — some are US citizens whose educations were damaged by the illegals. (OK, at least *three* problems.)

    And this is only part of the cost of these illegal aliens. There are the entry-level jobs that young US citizens don’t get because illegal aliens get them (which Obama just promised to increase for the illegals). This presents the problem of how our children are supposed to get their second jobs when they can’t get their first. No wonder our welfare rolls are growing.

    The cost of all resources increases because there is less to go around for each person here legally. Housing, food, healthcare, energy and fuels, clothing, toys, etc (not to mention the increased carbon footprint, if you are a believer). Wait times for emergency-room care increases with the increase in illegal aliens, who use emergency rooms at a disproportionate rate than those of us here legally.

    Unlike when our ancestors came here, welfare programs are available — and used by many illegal aliens — at the expense of those of us here legally.

    When most people talk of the benefits of foreigners in America, they now lump in legals with the illegals in order to fudge the numbers. Even then, they only consider that which is seen, the potential taxes and other economic benefits, but they miss the unseen costs (h/t to Frederic Bastiat: http://bastiat.org/en/twisatwins.html).

    * For those of you offended by the phrase “illegal alien,” please substitute “misdemeanant alien.”

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