President Obama was sympathetic to the Occupy Wall Street crowd because he has unbridled respect for anarchy. He can do anything he wants and he does.
The news today that Obama is directing Homeland Security to launch his version of the DREAM Act is not about young people who are here illegally through no fault of their own. It is about a lawless president who knows he is breaking the law and said as much last September.
A Department of Homeland Security Directive [not an Executive Order – he’s just simply violating the law] was issued by President Obama today which grants deferred deportation status and work permits to illegal young people under the age of 30 who came here before 16 years of age. They must have served in the military or be in school or have a high school diploma or GED. They cannot have a criminal record and must have been here for five years.
Obviously their families will be allowed to stay as well.
There is a need to enact legislation on this issue but what Obama did today shows utter disregard for the Constitution. It does not follow the rule of law. Obama will get away with it because Americans don’t want to deport young people who are here through no fault of their own.
It is a first step towards a fully implemented DREAM Act and it pre-empts Republican Senator Marco Rubio’s upcoming DREAM Act legislation.
If Congress wants to change the law, that is fine, but it is not within the Executive Branch’s authority to legislate the DREAM Act from the White House.
Obama has taken an anarchist’s approach to solving the DREAM Act controversy by announcing that he will circumvent congress and the authority of the states with a directive. It is a path to backdoor amnesty even though our borders have not been secured. [We have drug cartel members and terrorists passing through these open borders now and that is well-documented.]
Will the government make any serious attempt to determine if the youths involved have been here for five years? Where are we getting the money to process all these people? We know illegals won’t have to pay for the application or for any of the costs incurred.
The illegals will be eligible for school loans, grants, scholarships, medical care, the list goes on and it will all be the responsibility of the states.
Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said that we can expect 800,000+ to be eligible for this waiver.
Americans who are out of work will have to compete with illegals. Will the illegals now be counted in the employment figures, reducing the unemployment numbers?
What about all the people on line waiting to enter our country legally who will have to wait until all these people are processed?
Obama is buying votes and ensuring that Hispanic voters get out to vote for him on election day. The directive is being applauded as a brilliant political move by the left. One out of nine or ten voters is Hispanic and they break heavily for Democrats.
This is happening while the Supreme Court is set to rule on Arizona law 1070 which is meant to help Arizona law enforcement protect the citizens. President Obama will not allow states to enforce immigration laws but he can usurp the powers of Congress.
How many times will we grant amnesty without securing the borders? We have granted amnesty many times in our history but we have never secured our borders and I don’t think we ever will. We are all part of the open borders crowd now.
MR. LERNER: Me again. On the DREAM Act that you mentioned before, and this is like a statement from New York City: Mr. President, I am an undocumented law graduate from New York City. I’m just writing to say that your message that you do not have a dance partner is not a message of hope. A real dancer goes out on the dance floor and picks out his or her dance partner. You’re just waiting. You have the facts, numbers, dollars and votes on the side of granting administrative relief for DREAMers. We are doing our part. It is time to do yours, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT: I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce. And I think there’s been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the DREAM Act passed and getting comprehensive immigration passed by perpetrating the notion that somehow, by myself, I can go and do these things. It’s just not true.
Now, what we can do is to prioritize enforcement, since there are limited enforcement resources, and say we’re not going to go chasing after this young man or anybody else who’s been acting responsibly and would otherwise qualify for legal status if the DREAM Act passed.
But we live in a democracy. You have to pass bills through the legislature, and then I can sign it. And if all the attention is focused away from the legislative process, then that is going to lead to a constant dead-end. We have to recognize how the system works, and then apply pressure to those places where votes can be gotten and, ultimately, we can get this thing solved. And nobody will be a stronger advocate for making that happen than me.
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