Obama Admin. To Offer “Immunity” To Some Illegal Aliens

I’m wondering if someone in the Obama administration could point to the legislation that the duly elected Legislative branch has passed that allows this

(AP) The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.

Even the AP can’t stop themselves in pointing out that this is simply campaign year politics, rather than serious policy. What Democrats always forget when they essentially push some type of amnesty is that these people still can’t vote, and the other illegals that want these policies can’t vote, either. And those who came to the US and obtained their citizenship the proper way aren’t particularly keen on voting for those who give illegals a free pass.

The policy change, described to The Associated Press by two senior administration officials, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It also bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act, a long-sought but never enacted plan to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the United States illegally but who have attended college or served in the military.

Yes, most of these kids had no choice, their parents brought them. And, yes, perhaps we can make some accommodations for those who have worked to make themselves a valuable part of American society, rather than drains on our social safety net programs. But, we have a Legislative branch for a reason. The Executive Branch can’t simply make up the rules. Mr. I Was A Constitutional Professor doesn’t seem to understand the Constitution very well.

The work permits will be for two years, and have no renewal limit. So, while Americans are suffering 8%+ unemployment, Obama wants to offer jobs to illegals.

Michelle Malkin: “Putting politics above national security and the rule of law.”

Weasel Zippers: “Unbelievable abuse of power.”

Jammie Wearing Fool: “When all else fails, be sure to divide the nation even further.”

Evening update: I tried to add a few more thoughts and links earlier, but, for whatever reason, my Droid WordPress app was cutting off everything after the second excerpt, even though not a long post.

Anyhow, I find it interesting that approximately 24 hours after pivoting back to jobs and the economy for the umpteenth time PBO has shifted away from jobs and the economy, at least jobs for those who are currently eligible for the small pool of jobs. Giving illegals the ability to legally obtain jobs means, as mentioned above, that there will be more competition for the small amount of jobs available, knocking Americans out of the running. More competition can mean lower wages.

Rep. Steve King plans to sue the Obama administration, as the Daily Caller reports. I’ve also heard that he first plans on demanding an explanation from Team O as to the Constitutional and legal reasoning behind this “immunity” policy.

Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio somewhat agree with the new policy. Again, I don’t have a huge problem with the policy, America is a generous, welcoming nation. But, what happens then? Will we, and by we, I mean Democrats and squishy Republicans, say we now shouldn’t deport the parents? Will this create the impetus for more illegals to come, after they had been leaving the country because of the poor economy? Will they then be naturalized, and given the ability to vote, jumping ahead of those who applied for citizenship the legal way?

The Lonely Conservative also wonders if the ability to suddenly vote in November is next.

The problem I have is going around Congress, the duly appointed branch of government which is deemed with passing laws.

Just One Minute points out, per the LA Times, that an executive order is only in affect as long as Obama is president. So, if PBO is voted out come November, this executive order is null and void.

Finally, cruising all the Memeorandum links, I can’t find any liberals who seem to have a problem with the president legislating by executive order, while they had a huge problem with Bush using executive orders, even when within the law (which they mostly were). They typically freaked out, calling Bush’s use of EOs a gross abuse of power. Now? Not a peep.

Oh, and as many have pointed out, including Marco Rubio in the above link, this little power grab by Obama will make it harder to come to some sort of agreement on actual long term legislation.

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14 Responses to “Obama Admin. To Offer “Immunity” To Some Illegal Aliens”

  1. The Worm says:

    There’s a silver lining here, however. The fact that Obama has presented this bit of “rule by fiat” now suggests that the White House knows they aren’t getting a second term. This would have been a second term action (and would have been more comprehensive), but they’re not getting one.

    Expect more exectutive order (both formal and informal) rulings between now and January. After the election in November, there will be a time between then and January in which the Obama administration just goes hogwild with such efforts that will reflect far, far, far left idiology and come close to scorched earth policy.

    Book it!
    The Worm

  2. Excellent points, The Worm! And as Obama attempts to rule by fiat, Romney will be able to expose Obama’s dictatorial ways.

  3. john says:

    probably a lot of them are already working off the books.

  4. timb says:

    Uh, the Executive Branch can prioritize enforcement however the Executive branch sees fit barring guidance from the other two branches.

    You don’t like, pass a law. Oh, Congress can’t pass law right now thanks to House and Senate Republicans

  5. Lightwave says:

    Oh TimB, remember that this is something that President Romney will have no excuses for ending on “Day One” and will end.

  6. Uh, Timb, Congress makes the laws. POTUS can’t simply deem enforcement in the absence of law.

    Furthermore, we have lots of laws, and they all say that people cannot be in this country illegally and then be given visas.

  7. timb says:

    William, you apparently have no idea what “execute” means. Not surprising. One is surprised that you think veterans whose parents came here illegally should be deported.

    What’s the logic on that: “Get out of here, you combat veteran of the Armed Forces! I’ve done more for my country sniping at the President than you did by offering your life and limbs for it.”

    You get back to us on this terrible power grab

    • Where did I mention “execute”, TimB? I didn’t. Not sure where you came up with that.

      But, if they served in the military, I say give them citizenship. I’ve written that before. I had written it here, too, but looks like I cut a paragraph out about things like learning English, serving in the military, and other conditions.

  8. Actually, I’m of a mind that some illegals can earn green cards and then citizenship. I don’t necessarily have a problem with Obama’s plan, which is pretty much the same as Marco Rubio’s, but it should be done through Congress.

    There should be terms: paying a fine or serving in the military, speaking and reading English, not living on the government dole. Obama should submit a simple piece of legislation to congress for passage. Instead, he’s usurping the powers of Congress, something liberals complained about when Bush supposedly did it.

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  10. Lightwave says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It’s a million counts of directing the executive branch to refuse to defend the 14th Amendment. Blatant failure to defend and uphold the Constitution is not just an impeachable crime, it is THE impeachable crime for the President.

    I commend Rep. King for his legal action. What I want to see is articles of impeachment. Now.

  11. david says:

    I for one am sick of a congress that refuses to enact any sort of legislation because of partisan politics. If executive orders are what it takes to get things done, then more power to the president. Obama 2012!

  12. Gumball_Brains says:

    As you say Teach,

    So, while Americans are suffering 8%+ unemployment, Obama wants to offer jobs to illegals.

    So, are we going to start counting these illegals as part of the unemployment index of people looking for work? That would mean unemployment rate will go up. And, it will probably go up more as more legal Americans are pushed out of the workforce by illegal felons.

    And, BTW, when did laws matter to this administration? This administration spits on the Constitution and its laws.

    And, we already have a provision to grant soldiers who are willing to fight for this country a path to citizenship. And, those people are not “young illegal”. They are adults and have a knowledge and choice to remain in this country illegally.

    This is just another extension of the granting of citizenship to kids born to felony illegal border crossers. That then leads to allowing family members to remain, and then allowing expatriate family members to come in.

    It doesn’t stop because it hasn’t stopped in the past. This is more and further progression of the spitting on American workers.

  13. gitarcarver says:

    Uh, the Executive Branch can prioritize enforcement however the Executive branch sees fit barring guidance from the other two branches.

    Please read the 14th Amendment, specifically the “equal protection” clause. Rinse, repeat until you understand the idea that lacking guidance, all people must be treated equally under the law.

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