No longer is it just conservative media that are pointing out the hypocrisy of President Obama’s current stand on dictating amnesty through executive orders. No longer is the cry of self-contradictory positions by Obama coming solely from the right side of the political spectrum.
In a lengthy analysis of how Obama’s own words and legal arguments have radically changed over the years, the New York Times points out the numerous instances when Obama, the so-called “constitutional law professor,” has forcefully said he could not do what he is apparently about to do — act unilaterally to impose dramatic changes in U.S. immigration law and its enforcement.
The Times story, entitled “Using Executive Order on Immigration, Obama Would Reverse Long-Held Stance,” is filled with incriminating Obama quotes from the president’s speeches and appearances.
President Obama is poised to ignore stark warnings that executive action on immigration would amount to “violating our laws” and would be “very difficult to defend legally.”
Those warnings came not from Republican lawmakers but from Mr. Obama himself.
For years, as the New York Times aptly points out, the president has repeatedly told Latino activists and Democratic allies that his acting on his own to shield millions of immigrants from deportation without an act of Congress “would amount to nothing less than the dictates of a king, not a president.”
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Here are three instances of the newspaper citing Obama’s own, very clear and specific words to explain that a president cannot simply move forward on this kind of domestic front without congressional authority:
In a Telemundo interview in September 2013, Mr. Obama said…I’ll be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally,” Mr. Obama told Jose Diaz-Balart in the interview. “So that’s not an option.”
…during a Google Hangout in February 2013…“This is something that I have struggled with throughout my presidency,” Mr. Obama said. “The problem is, is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”
In an immigration speech in San Francisco last November…Mr. Obama…insisted that only Congress had the authority to do what they [immigration protestors] wanted. “The easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws,” he said.
According to a Reuters news report, Senate Democratic leaders are now urging President Obama to go ahead and use his executive powers to make sweeping changes to the country’s immigration system — a move that could impact as many as 5 million illegal immigrants now in the country and set the White House on a collision course with the incoming Republican-controlled Congress.
An announcement could be imminent, as Obama has promised to make the move before year’s end. Republican leaders have vowed to undo or weaken any actions Obama takes.
The Senate in June 2013 passed a sweeping, bipartisan immigration bill, but the House of Representatives has refused to consider it.