So are we to surmise that imperialism is all the rage now (emphasis mine)?
Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children will be allowed to remain in the country without fear of deportation and able to work, under an executive action the Obama administration announced on Friday.Oh, that little detriment of "on paper" getting in your way, Mr. President? Yeah, you see, that is what's called a "legal document" which, you know, is in line with Federal law. Y'know Federal law, right? Those pesky little doctrines which you kinda swore to uphold.
Administration officials said the president used existing legal authority to make the broad policy change, which could temporarily benefit more than 800,000 young people. He did not consult with Congress, where Republicans have generally opposed measures to benefit illegal immigrants.
The policy, while not granting any permanent legal status, clears the way for young illegal immigrants to come out of the shadows, work legally and obtain driver’s licenses and many other documents they have lacked.
“They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper,” President Obama said in announcing the new policy in the White House Rose Garden on Friday.
Anyhow, carry on.
(The President) said he was taking “a temporary stopgap measure” that would “lift the shadow of deportation from these young people” and make immigration policy “more fair, more efficient and more just.”Look, I'm not even in 100% disagreement with the President when it comes to not deporting the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who fit the criteria he has outlined. But the issue here is there is already a law on the books. And if the current law is considered to be stale, outdated or impractical? Make a new law or amend the existing statute. But guess what. THAT IS NOT WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!! That would be the role of Congress (aka "LAW MAKERS").
I know it's been Obama's M.O. to ignore laws of which he's not fond. But, again, there are checks and balances in place for a reason. Of course, President Obama may have been unaware of that whole check and balance thing. Upon his assuming office in January 2009, Obama benefited from a substantial Democrat majority in the House and, within a couple of months, a Super Majority in the Senate (thanks to Minnesota electing Senator
Apparently he has now forgotten the shellacking he took in November 2010. Perhaps it's time to issue a stern reminder in 4-1/2 months.