It comes as no surprise to learn that President Obama is putting the finishing touches on his ignore-the-Constitution plan to declare amnesty for an untold number of illegal immigrants by executive action. Team Obama has long indicated that the president would act unilaterally to impose amnesty, very likely around Labor Day.
But what may be a surprise is the legal excuse the White House is cooking up to give Obama a reason to “rewrite law” and change the course of the country with a stroke of his presidential pen.
According to the Associated Press (H/T: Yahoo! News):
The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama’s impending executive actions on immigration.
Facing an expected onslaught of opposition, the administration plans to argue that Congress failed to provide enough resources to fully enforce U.S. laws, thereby ceding wide latitude to White House to prioritize deportations of the 11.5 million people who are in the country illegally, administration officials and legal experts said. But Republicans, too, are exploring their legal options for stopping Obama from what they’ve deemed egregious presidential overreaching.
That “onslaught of opposition” described in the AP report is expected from both Republicans and Democrats, from the political right as well as the left. The GOP opposes the executive action for obvious reasons. Democrats — especially those Senate Dems up for re-election in November — are increasingly concerned that an Obama amnesty action would fire up a voter backlash and imperil their campaigns.
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“Some Democratic senators are probably not going to come back. And it’s stunning, right, it’s literally like the president is going to put a gun to the head of Democratic senators,” Tamar Jacoby, president and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA — a federation of small businesses that rely on immigrant labor and are pushing for immigration reform — predicted to Breitbart News.
Jacoby was referring to vulnerable Democrats facing reelection in red states such as Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, Alaska Sen. Mark Begich and North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan.
“It’s all but certain that this is going to be a decisive factor in their elections and [Obama] knows it. Everybody knows it. And they are just making the calculation the long term gain is more important,” Jacoby said, explaining that the White House likely sees the long term gain to be helping to persuade, if not solidify the Latino vote.
But the battle cry from the Left — particularly from immigration activists and those pushing for open borders — appears to be too loud, too strong for Obama to ignore. Via Yahoo! News:
After resisting calls to act alone in hopes Congress would pass a comprehensive immigration fix, Obama in June bowed to immigration activists and said that “if Congress will not do their job, at least we can do ours.” The most sweeping, controversial step under consideration involves halting deportation for millions, a major expansion of a 2012 Obama program that deferred prosecutions for those brought here illegally as children.
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