Congratulations conservatives, you won! Despite all of the doom and gloom in advance of tonight’s big announcement, Obama has now committed to, by executive order, do what he was already doing.[read_more]
For a few days, every right of center alternative media outlet lamented the end of our republic as President Obama prepared to announce an amnesty plan by executive order, subverting the Congress. This is the most troubling part of the announcement:
If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes — you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.
So he is going to ignore the law, and not deport people. In all honesty, was not this the policy of this administration yesterday, two years ago, and six years ago? So the sun will rise tomorrow and the President still intends to not deport nearly all illegal immigrants.
But he is going to grant them a pathway to citizenship!
Nope. He got cold feet, probably because the pressure was on from the outside. He said this:
“It does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive — only Congress can do that. All we’re saying is we’re not going to deport you.”
Apparently, there comes a time when even President Obama, under public pressure, will not completely subvert the constitution.
So where does this leave opponents of “comprehensive immigration reform?”
I agree with the left that these actions, as stated, are similar to those actions of previous Republican Presidents. This does not mean these actions are constitutional, just historically similar. Congress could sue to force Obama to comply with the law as written. Don’t hold your breath.
Instead we are right where we were yesterday. Obama is not deporting most illegal immigrants, Republicans will talk the good talk, but not act, and conservatives will need to keep the pressure up so the Republicans hold the line for another two years. At least Obama does not intend to illegally grant citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants via executive order (as of today).