“I am not a dictator. I’m the president. … If in fact I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress then I would do so. … I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.” –Barack Obama
If you missed Obama’s well-crafted immigration amnesty announcement to fix “our broken system,” that is because his remarks were only carried by Fox News and, of course, across the board on Latino networks nationwide, the target market for this charade.
While the administration feigned outrage that its adoring mainstream media networks – ABC, CBS and NBC – did not carry Obama’s remarks, the White House press did not send out a formal request asking his media boosters to carry his primetime propaganda. Clearly, Democrats would prefer that their lower-income constituents not hear the news that Obama plans to dump 5-10 million immigrants into the labor pool, and millions more to follow, who will compete for limited jobs and drive wages down.
Fact is, as I noted in “The Democrats’ REAL Immigration Strategy,” the Left knows that “labor inflation results in wage deflation.” Thus, this political ploy is a win-win for Obama.
Republicans will chip away at his order, primarily by defunding and de-authorizing key components of its implementation and issuing legal challenges. Meantime, Democrats will receive credit from both their legal and illegal Latino constituencies for offering amnesty, and can blame those “obstructionist” Republicans for blocking them.
Indeed, if Obama really believes any of his eloquent points justifying his amnesty executive order (EO), Congress would have passed and he would have signed immigration legislation back in 2009 or 2010, when the Democrat Party controlled both the House and Senate. After all, in 2008 he promised, “I can guarantee that we will have, in the first year, an immigration bill that I strongly support.”
But Democrats did nothing.
There are two overarching issues with Obama’s power play.
First and foremost, Obama’s action constitutes a direct assault on our Constitution and the Rule of Law it enshrines. His EO is the boldest attack on the separation of powers since the reign of the last imperial president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Obama previously declared 22 times that he does not have the authority to legislate immigration policy by EO. But as a “lame duck” president now, beyond the midterm election that dealt his policies a severe defeat, he has found the power to legislate from the executive branch.
George Washington University constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley, a self-acknowledged liberal Obama supporter, has issued severe criticism of Obama’s “über presidency” and his abuse of executive orders to bypass Congress. Turley notes: “What’s emerging is an imperial presidency, an über presidency. … When a president can govern alone, he can become a government unto himself, which is precisely the danger that the Framers sought to avoid in the establishment of our tripartite system of government. … Obama has repeatedly violated this [separation of powers] doctrine in the circumvention of Congress in areas ranging from health care to immigration law to environmental law. … What we are witnessing today is one of the greatest challenges to our constitutional system in the history of this country. We are in the midst of a constitutional crisis with sweeping implications for our system of government. … I hope he does not get away with it.”
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