Both Fox News and the New York Times are reporting that president Obama plans to move his timetable on illegal immigration up and release a plan that would grant amnesty to millions of illegals NEXT WEEK!
For months the President has been saying that he was preparing to use his “authority” to push through immigration reform, and now he looks ready to do so. He had planned to do this over the summer, but held off because it would have destroyed Democrat chances at holding the Senate in the midterms. Then he announced that if Republicans didn’t act by the New Year he would pursue an Executive Order on illegal immigration… apparently he has grown impatient.
At the urging of impotent Democrats in Congress and illegal immigration advocates across the country, President Obama is planning to unveil a 10-part plan to overhaul our immigration policies. He will do this all on his own using executive action.
The draft plan, though, contains 10 initiatives that span everything from boosting border security to improving pay for immigration officers.
But the most controversial pertain to the millions who could get a deportation reprieve under what is known as “deferred action.”
The plan calls for expanding deferred action for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children — but also for the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.
The latter could allow upwards of 4.5 million illegal immigrant adults with U.S.-born children to stay, according to estimates…
Another portion that is sure to cause consternation among anti-“amnesty” lawmakers is a plan to expand deferred action for young people. In June 2012, Obama created such a program for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, entered before June 2007 and were under 31 as of June 2012. The change would expand that to cover anyone who entered before they were 16, and change the cut-off from June 2007 to Jan. 1, 2010. This is estimated to make nearly 300,000 illegal immigrants eligible.
The other measures include calls to revise removal priorities to target serious criminals for deportation and end the program known as “Secure Communities” and start a new program.
The planning comes as immigrant advocates urge Obama to act. As lawmakers returned for a lame-duck session, Democrats in Congress on Wednesday implored Obama to take executive action.
“We’re begging the president. Go big. These [illegal immigrants] are a plus to our nation. Mr. President, please. You said you were going to do something. Do it. Act now,” said Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif.
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said: “I join with my colleagues in urging the president to take action. What he needs to do is give immediate relief to families who are being wrenched apart and living in fear.”
Sadly, it seems that Democrats in the legislature are more than willing to give up their constitutional authority simply because they can’t seem to get their way. It’s a disgusting miscarriage of our laws, and it establishes a very disturbing precedent.
House Republicans, however, don’t seem to be doing much better. Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH), was recently quoted as begging Obama for “one more chance” to pass a bill on immigration. Apparently his plea fell on deaf ears.
Imagine a nation where the President chooses to do whatever the Congress refuses to do. We’d call that a dictatorship.
See, our Congress is made up of men and women who represent us the various and diverse populations scattered throughout the nation. They are the tool the people use to implement their will upon the nation – when the Congress chooses not to act, it is because the people have chosen not to act.
When the President decides to force his will upon the nation in opposition to what Congress has decided… well then my friends, we may as well not have a Congress.
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