Executive Amnesty: How Big, Mr. Obama?

Executive Amnesty Would be Reckless and Irresponsible | ImmigrationReform.com

October 29, 2014 | TownHall.com

As everyone knows, President Obama bowed to political pressure and decided to wait until after the election to issue his latest, greatest amnesty decree. He did so because Democrats in close races were concerned that the President’s imperial gestures on behalf of the illegal alien population might collide with the needs and interests of American citizens voting today.

So be it. But here’s a concern: If the Democrats lose the Senate and Obama’s immigration gamesmanship gets the blame, won’t the president figure, well the damage is already done, let’s just “go big” on amnesty? The American people have the right to ask, “So just how big is it, Mr. President?”

His 2012 Deferred Action program (DACA) has already included nearly 600,000 aliens into its kingly sweep. The unlegislated amnesty we are likely to see after the election will dwarf that number. No principled limitation on this power has been identified by this administration, and yet those who have received this royal pardon seem unconcerned about future enforcement action.

This campaign season has featured an unprecedented spectacle of illegal aliens harassing elected officials and candidates in public forums – all unleashed by the brazen power politics of the administration. This is surely an outrage – and the president must know it is viewed this way. He also must know that despite his efforts to draw arbitrary lines based on his apparently superior moral compass, he will never succeed in justifying a broad overreach of executive authority to grant de facto amnesty and work authorization to millions of illegal aliens.

After the election, especially if the Republicans take the Senate, the president will view himself as ruling alone. Thereafter, what remains to constrain him? Every day, his administration is finding new ways to evade immigration limits and laws, using parole and refugee policies as well as limitless non-existent discretion to accelerate the admission of otherwise inadmissible aliens.

Getting the usual pass from what now passes for the American media, the president must truly believe that ancient maxim “the king can do no wrong.” Having already demonstrated an utter contempt for the enforcement of statutory immigration limits enacted by Congress, we can expect a truly lawless, alarming abuse of power. This civic breakdown constitutes a troubling threat to the fabric of our society because it affirms that a growing number of the nation’s laws can be broken at will.

As Allan Bloom has observed, “Once the law is broken with impunity, each man regains the right to any means he deems proper or necessary in order to defend himself against the new tyrant, the one who can break the law.”

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    Impeach the President over immigration, right. How about taking President Reagan’s name off of airports, schools, and whereever else tax money is involved? He is the George Washington of illegal immigration, and missle provider to Iran. Flood the politicians by mail, by phone,etc.. Sen. Rubio, Sen. Reed, send them messages. Tell the chambers of commerce, the money men from both parties you’ll take your business elsewhere. Impeachment is a stupid idea, lawsuits a far better idea.

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    Jim in Virginia on

    If he enacts his amnesty by EO and the Republicans take back the Senate, then they have no option but to impeach him. If they don’t, then they are just as bad as he is. Illegal immigration is the biggest problem facing this nation. In no other country can people come in illegally and threaten politicians and officials to give them the right to stay there. We are a nation of saps, that’s just the truth. Personally, I have no faith or confidence in any of our three branches of government, that includes the SCOTUS. With the exception of Scalia, Thomas and Alito, the justices are nothing more than politicians in robes. Our so called leaders are giving away our country right before our eyes and there doesn’t seem to be anything we can do about

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    If and only if the Congress,both Republicans and Democrats,grow some testicles to challenge this Muslim SOB in the Oval Office will there be a change in the immigration system in the US. The Congress needs to step up and prevent any more legislation allowing illegal immigrants ANY benefits other than emergency medical care. The House who have no balls whatsoever should defund any monies being paid to non citizens for any benefit. That would force many,many of them possibly to go home where they belong But the gutless politicians in the House,and I am a stalwart Republican,believe me,have no backbone to act as REAL elected representatives. If you are against defunding the many uindesrved benefits these foreigners are getting from the feds and the state,your *** should be booted from this Congress. The worst do nothing Congress as well as the worst President this country has ever seen.

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    Why are the tens of thousands of people who work for the Federal Immigration Service and the Department of Homeland Security being paid? What do they do all day? Play games of slap-jack and 52 card pickup?

    As the black criminal Justice Department head and the black Homeland Security chief along with their boss, black Barry Obola, have successfully dismanted the immigration process and turned it into a standing joke, why are taxpayers being billed to pay salaries for them and their entire staff? These people have failed miserably in their assigned functions and have worse, publically stated they have no intention of doing their jobs. Why pay them? Fire them all.

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    Thanks to all those who voted for the fraud sitting in the White House rule of law has been turned upside down. We are stuck with Obama until he leaves office and that cannot come soon enough. He has violated our immigration laws with his executive order pen. Hopefully, November 4 will be kind to freedom loving and rule of law Americans. In the meantime. If conservative win the Senate and maintain the Congress, then there will be no excuse to not fix the damage that Obama has done to our country, the buck will stop there.

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    Remember this: if you’re a Democrat, you can write books about how to assassinate President George W. Bush. However, if you’re a Republican you cannot write books about assassinating Barack Hussein Obama, nor can you even post the idea on a comment page like this one. Why? I don’t know but it seems to me that a President from either party should be protected equally. Killing the president – regardless of how much you disagree with him or her – is never a good idea. I suppose you can secretly wish him or her to be dead, but it’s never very smart to let this fact become public. I strongly believe that a vote cast for or against a politician at any level is about a close as the voting public can get to political power of any kind. That’s the way our system works – if you don’t like this political system, then vote to change it or just move out of this country.

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    In the military if you knowingly obeyed an illegal order you would be held accountable with your superior that issued it. Why don’t we start prosecuting the lower ranks the comply with these illegal executive orders?

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    Obama does not have the authority to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants . I think its time he is impeached . He is not upholding his oath to this country . Granting Amnesty to millions of illegals will cause the economy to collapse .
    We already have the highest record of people on welfare we have ever seen.