While liberals again celebrate the unilateral action, they ignore that danger that the next president may also simply chose to ignore whole areas of the federal law and criminal code in areas ranging from the environment to employment discrimination. It is one more brick in the wall of the Imperial Presidency constructed under Barack Obama — a wall that may prove difficult to dismantle for citizens in the future. ~ Jonathan Turley
Barack Obama is selectively choosing which laws he will follow. When he took the oath of office, he promised to uphold the laws of the land. He is doing the opposite as he pleases.
Almost everyone agrees that young people brought here by their parents at a young age deserve some type of carve out but it must be done constitutionally.
Presidents have incredible freedom in how they enforce federal laws and fighting Obama on his recent illegal immigration decision would be difficult.
The President had full control of Congress for two years and did nothing. Obama waited until 5 months before the election to make this cynical move in a play for the Hispanic vote.
As he made the rounds of the news shows this Sunday, David Plouffe proudly admitted that the Obama administration is circumventing Congress because Congress has allegedly failed to act, a charge that is patently unfair.
The reason the DREAM Act was blocked is because the President was not engaged and Harry Reid presented a broad, ill-prepared bill three days before the vote. The Obama administration has not been serious about immigration reform.
Jonathan Hurley is a liberal constitutional scholar and he is in agreement with Charles Krauthammer in his opposition to not violating our laws to give backdoor amnesty to illegal youths.
Hurley wrote today –
…What is left is a conflicted approach to enforcement based on the president’s changing views — in the latest case a change that seems motivated in large part by political advantage.
Liberals and civil libertarians were united on such questions in denouncing the circumvention of Congress by Bush. However, once again, there appears to be a blindness to the dangers of this practice when it comes to Obama…
Hurley concludes –
…This latest controversy is not about young illegal immigrants. There are strong policy arguments in favor of this change. However, those arguments need to be made in Congress. This should also not be an “after-the-fact” debate following a change late on a Friday where the president simply grants the equivalent of amnesty for hundreds of thousands of people.
Polls show a sharply divided population with a majority favoring tougher immigration laws. We have a political system designed to address such divisive issues. It does not always work the way presidents demand. Indeed, the Democrats previously used filibusters and other techniques to block the Bush Administration and how the Republicans are doing the same thing.
However, that is the point. Presidents should not be able to simply make federal laws discretionary to their whim or will. This may be a worthy end but it is the wrong means in a system based on shared powers of government…