Friday, June 15, 2012

Obama Grants Amnesty to Some Illegal Immigrants

Circumventing the legislature, President Obama announced today he will order a halt to deportations and allow the issuance work permits to one large group of illegal immigrants:
Under the administration plan, illegal immigrants will be immune from deportation if they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military. They also can apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed.
As we've mentioned, Obama is having a difficult time among minorities that overwhelmingly supported his election in 2008.  This unconstitutional maneuver can only be seen as an attempt by the President to buy Latino votes.  


smoore123 said...

As we've mentioned, Obama is having a difficult time among minorities that overwhelmingly supported his election in 2008.

Yeah one poll in North Carolina showed lower black support. There’s no reason why we can’t extrapolate from this to all minority groups nationwide, right?

How exactly is this policy unconstitutional? Isn't immigration enforcement (deportation/work permits) an administrative function of government?

Oh, and politicians doing something that gets them votes…get the fuck out. I’m shocked. Wait, aren’t you supposed to build coalitions in government? And it’s not like this policy just came out of left field. What about this is out of character with Obama’s stated positions on immigration reform? Please reference his 2008 campaign promises in your answer and address his support for the DREAM Act.

James said...

Why let a little thing like the law get in the way right?

Immigration is not an "administrative function". There are clear federal lies defining the penalties for violating the laws. Obama's new executive order violates those laws.

James said...

Oh, as for the minority problem, you must not be following along. He's had a huge drop in support among women. He's had minority members of his party change sides.

Its gotten so bad he's had to run radio ads demanding loyalty and even sent out Holder and Cleaver to teach black churches how to get around campaign laws so they could try and help him get supporters.

James said...

I found this, thought you might be interested in the opinion of a constitutional professor on the legality of issuing amnesty via executive order:

"With respect to the notion that [the president] 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."

Oh yeah, that constitutional professor wasn't Kris Kobach, it was Barrack Obama and they didn't come ten years ago, they came last year:

smoore123 said...

Pretty sure the constitution gives the President the power over enforcement of the laws and control over the various federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security which contains U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Not sure about the authority to issue work permits. I saw a comment that said Congress passed a law giving the President the authority to issue such permits. I don't know if this is true. Maybe you know since you boldly declared this policy unconstitutional.

I can’t wait for your post on President Romney’s unconstitutional move to not enforce workplace safety or environmental laws.

smoore123 said...

Well played, James. That actually is pretty good evidence that either Obama has changed his interpretation of the constitutionality issue or that he still thinks it's unconstitutional but sees an advantage in pushing this policy at this time. If he or a spokesperson says his position has evolved them I'm going to punch something. I would like him to make the argument that he always wanted this kind of policy but tried ramping up border enforcement and occasionally talking tough in front of Latinos and it him got him nowhere in terms of achieving a political compromise with the opposition. So now he’s going to try this executive order approach and Congress can go fuck off.