The question now is what kind of tone will Congressional Republicans use in responding? It's quite clear Obama cares little about the Constitution, Separation of Powers, etc., so it'll be interesting to see how the GOP approaches this. It's possible that Obama is taking this action in the hope that House Republicans, who last year did not bring up for a vote a Senate passed immigration bill, will scramble to the the table and cobble together some immigration reform legislation. It has also been suggested that this decree is a smokescreen to distract from what is sure to be the Obama administration's appeasement of Iran regarding its nuclear program.
Various members of Congress and public officials have weighed in on Obama's mandate, but one quote which caught my eye came from Hillary Clinton (emphasis mine).
"Our disagreements on this important issue may grow heated at times, but I am confident that people of good will and good faith can yet find common ground. We should never forget that we're not discussing abstract statistics we're talking about real families with real experiences. We're talking about parents lying awake at night afraid of a knock on the door that could tear their families apart, people who love this country, work hard, and want nothing more than a chance to contribute to the community and build better lives for themselves and their children."Say, wasn't Hillary married to a certain someone who was leader of the free world when this happened:
The one serendipity for the President is he can now take a break from having to refute statements made by Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber. So he's got that going for him.