Who knew we elected an Emperor?
By Stephen Dinan |The Washington Times
The Homeland Security Department said Thursday it will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria such as attending school, having family in the military or are primarily responsible for other family members’ care.
The move, announced in letters to Congress, won immediate praise from Hispanic activists and Democrats who had chided President Obama for months for the pace of deportations and had argued he had authority to exempt broad swaths of illegal immigrants from deportation.
“Today’s announcement shows that this president is willing to put muscle behind his words and to use his power to intervene when the lives of good people are being ruined by bad laws,” said Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat.
So the current crop of Democrats in Congress have no qualms about a Presidential Administration deciding not to enforce laws as written. This should prove interesting when the next Republican President cites this as his precedent for doing the same with some law near and dear to the hearts of Democrats, or when a future President rescinds this action without consulting Congress.