Charles Krauthammer doesn’t exactly have a reputation for eluding the big issues in today’s society, which is why his honesty on Thursday night’s “The Kelly File” was entirely anticipated – and not unprecedented.
Krauthammer, known for his conservative disposition, asserted that, should President Barack Obama decide to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, he would be carrying out a “gross violation of the Constitution.”
Included in the segment is a clip of Obama when he spoke at a Univision Town Hall event in 2011.
“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case,” Obama said.
“There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system,” Obama continued, “that for me to simply, through executive order, ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.”
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At the heart of Krauthammer’s claim are reports that Obama plans to defer deportations for millions more illegal immigrants by the end of the summer — an act that host Megyn Kelly warned could spark “a very ugly political crisis.”
Despite Obama’s emphatic declaration that he does not possess the power to “suspend deportations through executive order,” Krauthammer predicted that the Obama administration could put these plans into action as soon as September.
“So were he to do now in September what he has long and repeatedly said he is constitutionally prohibited from doing, that would be a grave and irrefutable violation of his duties as president,” Krauthammer said. “The Constitution could not be more clear. The President swears an oath to faithfully execute the laws. He’s not allowed to make the laws, he’s not allowed to change the laws, he is not allowed to unilaterally suspend the laws – which is exactly what they are saying they are gonna do.”
Kelly added, “He did that after that soundbite we just played, and the Congress didn’t stop him, Charles. So what is to stop them if he does it again?”
This is a question that many are asking, but unfortunately may be one that simply rings on deaf ears.