Doing That Which He Cannot Do

Then

Obama on DREAM Act: Can’t “just change the laws unilaterally” Transcript

By Lynn Sweet | Chicago Sun-Times Blog

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

 

Obama Imposes Partial Dream Act by Fiat

By Keith Koffler | White House Dossier

The Obama administration made an end run around Congress directly into the arms of Latino voters, saying it would stop deporting illegal immigrants under 30 who came to the United States before they turned 16.

Latinos overwhelmingly back the president over Mitt Romney, but the Obama campaign is concerned about how many will turn up at the polls amid disenchantment over Obama’s failure to press for comprehensive immigration reform and his relatively aggressive use of deportation thus far.

Congress has refused to pass the DREAM Act, which would have created a path toward citizenship for young illegal immigrants who have gone to college or served in the military.

 

Setting aside the wisdom of the policy for the moment, why would anyone believe a word the man says after he does that which he said he could not do?

Well, at least he didn’t collude with his allies in the press in advance…

 

 

…Oh never mind (as the Progressives will say).

 

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Posted by on June 15, 2012.
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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/YSM6XGIY2CLRQKYDB746ZVVUUI Texas Accountant

    I am disgusted by this move on the President’s part. Obviously, he is doing this to attract Latin voters, but it is another example of violating the Constitution. I may differ from many other commentators, but I could support a “modified” DREAM act – one in which people brought over to the U.S. when they were under 12 years of age can be granted resident alien status. It would only be for those who serve a four year commitment in the U.S. Military. This means that they would need to be able to be accepted into the military and complete their commitment. No residency status for those who “go to college” (whoop di do) and no in state tuition until their military commitment is over.

    • herddog505

      Texas AccountantI may differ from many other commentators, but I could support a “modified” DREAM act – one in which people brought over to the U.S. when they were under 12 years of age can be granted resident alien status.
      I agree. It offends my sense of humanity that people risk their lives to get into our country when all they want is to try for a better life, and to send them back when we happen to nab them. Further, people who’ve got the gumption to try are just the sort of people we WANT to be here, hopefully as soon-to-be-Americans but at least as lawful, productive residents.
      I wonder if we couldn’t, as part of overhauling our entire immigration system, establish modern Ellis Island-type facilities in the border states (it’s not as if Uncle Sugar hasn’t got plenty of empty property laying around) where would-be immigrants could be housed, fed, given medical exams and background checks, educated about our laws and their rights (“No, your employer CAN’T threaten to call INS if you won’t work for less than the law requires”), and otherwise get a good start for their new life in the United States.
      Again, the people who WANT to come here are generally exactly the sort of people we want. How hard can it be to give up everything to come to a strange country where most people don’t share one’s culture, heritage or even language just to take a menial job? The lamp should still be lifted by the golden door.
      (And anybody trying to sneak across should be dealt with pretty severely.)

  • jim_m

    0bama has previously declared his contempt for the constitution. Now he is just putting actions to his words. Reelect him and we won’t have a republic anymore we will have a dictator and I will bet that he does not step down in 2016. If we don’t vote him out now this will likely be our last election.

  • herddog505

    You’re implying that Barry has lied. Nonsense! I say. Utter piffle. Complete tripe.
    His position on unilaterally making laws by executive order has simply EVOLVED.

  • 914

    Unselectable, unconstitutional and begging for Impeachment. Barock Milhouse Obuma. mmm mmm mmm

  • 914

    Unselectable, unconstitutional and begging for Impeachment. Barock Milhouse Obuma. mmm mmm mmm

  • 914

    Somehow when I watched Barry speak and unleash his November surprise a little early like we all knew he would. You could just feel so much hope and change for the Latino’s he was reaching out too? I mean I never realized before what a brilliant Man he is and how much he cares?

    He cares about them nearly almost 5% as much as he cares about himself..

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      One percent would be a stretch for the narcissist in chief…

      • jim_m

        0bama only cares for others in so far as he can benefit from them. After that it is straight under the bus.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      One percent would be a stretch for the narcissist in chief…

  • 914

    Somehow when I watched Barry speak and unleash his November surprise a little early like we all knew he would. You could just feel so much hope and change for the Latino’s he was reaching out too? I mean I never realized before what a brilliant Man he is and how much he cares?

    He cares about them nearly almost 5% as much as he cares about himself..

  • GarandFan

    Anyone else recall 1986……..”There will be no more amnesty. We WILL secure our borders.”

    So Barry, when do these new-found undocumented citizens get to vote?

    And how does an UNDOCUMENTED person provide DOCUMENTS to satisfy your unofficial amnesty criteria? Does ‘word of mouth’ cover it?

  • LiberalNightmare

    There is a certain amount of uh …. flexibility … that comes with realizing that you probably aren’t going to be reelected.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      If Team Mitt handles this as adroitly as they have handled 0bama’s other stunts, we’re in for an interesting week.

    • http://opinion.ak4mc.us/ McGehee

      It does seem like the kind of thing we would ordinarily have expected him to do after losing in November. I guess even he knows he’s already a lame duck.

  • jim_m

    YEah,kind of like the right had nothing to say about health care so 0bama was forced to ram through 0bamacare with no GOP votes. Oh wait… the GOP did offer multiple alternatives and 0bama’s reaction was, “I won.”

    There are a lot of ideas from the right. The left is too ideologically fixated to admit that someone else might have a better idea.

  • TomInCali

    Utah Republican Attorney General: “This is clearly within the president’s power,” Shurtleff said. “I was pleased when the president announced it.”

    • Sky__Captain

      I’ll see your libtard post and raise you the editors from National Review:

      http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/303035/illegal-amnesty-editors
      “The president’s executive order violates the constitutional separation
      of powers that defines the political architecture of our republic. If
      Congress allows this illegitimate executive order to stand, it will have
      in effect delegated its power to make law to the president.”

      • TomInCali

        The Utah Republican AG is a libtard? Bet he doesn’t know that! All you’ve shown is that Republicans are split on the issue. Which hardly makes it part of a liberal agenda.

        By the way, who would you say has a more solid legal foundation for an opinion? A state AG, or unnamed “editors” of the National Review?

        • Sky__Captain

          You are the libtard, not the Utah AG.
          Just because the political party of the AG from Utah is Republican, it does not mean he is correct.

          And I’d certainly put more credibility towards the editors of National Review than a supposed “Constitutional scholar” like the SCoaMF.
          Of course, just last year the very same SCoaMF said he could not do what he just did.

    • http://opinion.ak4mc.us/ McGehee

      Utah’s state constitutional officers are up for election in presidential years, which raises the question if Mark Shurtleff is seeking re-election. He his Wikipedia page also has a section labeled “Scandals” with more than 20 citations. I haven’t looked them up because I don’t live in Utah but we might be able to have some fascinating discussions about them.

      • http://opinion.ak4mc.us/ McGehee

        …and it turns out he isn’t running this year. If he were, I doubt he’d have much chance after lauding Obama’s move.

        • TomInCali

          So first you suppose that he’s taking this position to help his reelection campaign, and then when you discover that he’s not running you switch to saying his position would have hurt his campaign. So much for consistency.

  • TomInCali

    Then

    As I’m sure you know by now, your “then” quote was clipped prematurely. Check out what came after your end quote: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jon-stewart-skewers-fox-news-for-using-edited-obama-video-to-criticize-immigration-policy/