It’s not often that we find President Obama under attack at MSNBC, especially on a show hosted by noted liberal flack Lawrence O’Donnell… but it happened.
O’Donnell seems chiefly concerned with one aspect of President Obama’s amnesty plan – that is the part of the plan that will allow illegal “parents of children who are American citizens or legal residents to obtain legal work documents.”
O’Donnell cannot understand what legal justification the President has to do this, and apparently he can’t find any other Democrat politicians who can either!
Lawrence O’Donnell: No one at the White House has been able to give me the legal justification for the following component of the President’s plan which was leaked to the New York Times. the part where it says… that the President will allow many parents of children who are American citizens or legal residents to obtain legal work documents. Can you tell me and has the White House told you, what is the legal justification for the President to create a new category of beneficiaries for work documents? How can that be done without legislation?
Congressman Peter Welch: You know, Lawrence, I can’t tell you, and I’m not the lawyer who’s going to be litigating this case. So the answer to that would be decided by the courts as you and I know. But here’s what I can tell you…
L.O.: Congressman, so as far as you know, and I don’t mean to badger about this but I’ve been on this for days now. I haven’t heard from a single elected Democrat, not one Democrat in Washington who can answer the question that I just put to you. Have you heard it Have you heard it answered by any Democrats?
P.W: I haven’t. I haven’t.
Let me clear this up for MSNBC, and particularly for O’Donnell who is doing some good work here (even though he is an amnesty supporter).
There is no legal justification for it.
Just 6 months ago President Obama was telling the entire nation that he had no power to do anything about immigration reform if Congress chose not to act. He was right then and he’s wrong now.
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