As he announced from The White House Rose Garden yesterday, Obama has taken it upon himself to circumvent Congress via an executive fiat. He has passed an executive order ceasing deportation of illegal immigrants under the age of 30, and giving them work permits. “Out-and-Out lawlessness“.
That is now, this was then:
Obama ‘Open For Questions Roundtable’ (September 28, 2011):
MR. LERNER: Me again. On the DREAM Act that you mentioned before, and this is like a statement from New York City: Mr. President, I am an undocumented law graduate from New York City. I’m just writing to say that your message that you do not have a dance partner is not a message of hope. A real dancer goes out on the dance floor and picks out his or her dance partner. You’re just waiting. You have the facts, numbers, dollars and votes on the side of granting administrative relief for DREAMers. We are doing our part. It is time to do yours, Mr. President.
OBAMA: I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce. And I think there’s been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the DREAM Act passed and getting comprehensive immigration passed by perpetrating the notion that somehow, by myself, I can go and do these things. It’s just not true.
Now, what we can do is to prioritize enforcement, since there are limited enforcement resources, and say we’re not going to go chasing after this young man or anybody else who’s been acting responsibly and would otherwise qualify for legal status if the DREAM Act passed.
But we live in a democracy. You have to pass bills through the legislature, and then I can sign it. And if all the attention is focused away from the legislative process, then that is going to lead to a constant dead-end. We have to recognize how the system works, and then apply pressure to those places where votes can be gotten and, ultimately, we can get this thing solved. And nobody will be a stronger advocate for making that happen than me.
Full transcript here.
Obama National Council of La Raza (July 25, 2011):
“I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own… The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. But that’s not how — that’s not how our system works.”
Then on August 18th, he did bypass Congress, changed those laws “on his own”, and began a massive amnesty-by-decree for potential millions of illegal aliens.
Obama Univision Town Hall (March, 2011)
“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed — and I know that everybody here at Bell is studying hard so you know that we’ve got three branches of government. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws.
There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.”
Full transcript here.
Obama was not concerned about constitutional limitations on presidential power. He has zero respect for ‘checks and balances.’ O was holding his true intentions close to the vest, waiting anxiously to present his DREAMAct Executive Order gift during the 2012 election season.
Impeach the sneaky bastard.
Note: Some content within this post was split from: Obama Circumvents Congress Announces Election Year Amnesty By Executive Fiat
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