In case you haven't heard, from the New York Times:
Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children will be able to obtain work permits and be safe from deportation under a new policy announced on Friday by the Obama administration.Obama says these illegal immigrants are "essentially Americans" and that this makes the immigration system "more efficient, more fair, and more just."
Just not MORE LEGAL.
Congress has repeatedly rejected the DREAM Act, but in ObamaWorld, that just doesn't matter:
Republicans were quick to criticize Mr. Obama, saying that he was overstepping his powers in an end run around Congress. But he said he acted only "in the absence of any immigration action from Congress to fix our broken immigration system."Never mind the rule of law!
Is there no end to what he won't do through executive fiat?
Is there no limit to the blatant political pandering?
Pirates Cove responds:
Even the AP can’t stop themselves in pointing out that this is simply campaign year politics, rather than serious policy. What Democrats always forget when they essentially push some type of amnesty is that these people still can’t vote, and the other illegals that want these policies can’t vote, either. And those who came to the US and obtained their citizenship the proper way aren’t particularly keen on voting for those who give illegals a free pass.Well, they can vote in Florida where the DOJ is suing to stop the purging of illegals from voter rolls.
What's that gonna do to the unemployment number? Are we gonna count 'em looking for work or not? If we don't, the number won't drop. If we do, the number will go up. What's it gonna do for those of you trying to get work to learn that 800,000 new illegals are in the job market who will work cheaper than you do? And what's next is home mortgages and student loans. Those are the next two things that are gonna fall.
Rush is calling this the "Catch, Release, Vote" program.
"This is not immunity, it is not amnesty," said Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, which oversees immigration enforcement. "It is an exercise of discretion."Well, that's certainly parsing words.
So …. he’s going to hand out hundreds of thousands of work permits when unemployment is at 8.2% nominal, 14.8% U-6, and the civilian participation rate is near the 30-year low Obama set last month (now 63.8%)? The only thing this accomplishes is driving the labor rate further downward and the unemployment rate further upward. Work permits make sense when you’re creating jobs, but not when jobs are scarce. I’m not sure that’s going to endear Obama to unions and blue-collar voters struggling to find work already.
Well, as Rush asked, are we going to count them in the unemployment numbers or not?
Back to the New York Times and the parameters:
The policy, effective immediately, will apply to people who are currently no more than 30 years old, who arrived in the country before they turned 16 and have lived in the United States for five years. They must also have no criminal record, and have earned a high school diploma, be in school or have served in the military.My first question is how were they enrolled in school if they were illegal in the first place?
And obviously these age parameters include a whole new voting block for The One.
This will certainly open the borders for many more who want to come on over. Nobody is going to stop you anymore unless you confess your membership in some drug cartel. Sounds to me like all you have to do is come on in, go to school, stay for five years and you're all good. That ought to make all those going through the proper channels feel all warm and fuzzy.
Obama will use Republican outrage as a campaign point in his re-election. He will say that Republicans are anti-immigration and want to shut the doors on immigration. This will be false.
All he needs to do is to craft a plan that will get through Congress - a plan that is acceptable for both sides of the aisle. But the BrilliantOne has been unable to do that.
And so instead, he's going to rule America like a dictator.
Until November, that is.
The debate over this must not focus on the substance of the DREAM Act. We have a branch of government that does that kind of thing and it’s called “Congress.” The problem with today’s announcement is that it’s an unconstitutional expansion of executive power that can be applied to any area of law. If a future Republican president can’t get Congress to agree to a reduction in tax rates, say, or a change in environmental rules, he can just use this “discretion” to change things on his own. Democrats in Congress should be terrified of this precedent and stand with their fellow members across the aisle to put a stop to it. This is about the rule of law and nothing else.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is suing to stop this unconstitutional ploy:
Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King said Friday that he plans to sue the Obama administration to halt implementation of its newly announced selective illegal immigration law enforcement policy. He told Mike Huckabee on the former Arkansas governor’s radio program Friday that he successfully sued his own state’s governor — and won — over a similar separation-of-powers issue.
“I will tell you that — I’m not without experience on this — I’m prepared to bring a suit and seek a court order to stop implementation of this policy,” King said
Over at Legal Insurrection, Professor Jacobson reports (and has video & Twitter reaction) of the heckling of Obama at his speech today.
President Barack Obama did not respond kindly Friday to an interruption during his Rose Garden announcement of new immigration rules, telling the man shouting that it was neither the time nor the place to field questions.
The reporter, who was wearing a temporary press badge, was identified as Neil Munro from the conservative website the Daily Caller. He later told CNN, "I have to ask the questions you all won't ask," referring to the reporters gathered who regularly cover the White House.
Here's the video:
Ed Driscoll reports that the Obamabots are making it a racial issue that Dear Leader was "heckled" or asked a question.
Senator David Vitter responds:
President Obama shows again how he isn't serious about securing our border or reforming our immigration system. He's certainly shown how serious he is about the politics of it. Like other DREAM Act proposals before, Obama's executive action today goes well beyond helping minor children caught in a policy loophole - it essentially grants amnesty to adults almost 30 years old.Update 5:
Heh. ABC News calls Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro "eccentric."
President Obama flashed anger for the first time in recent memory today as an eccentric conservative reporter interrupted his speech on immigration in the Rose Garden.Even more curious, I'm wondering where ABC has been when they suggest that Obama hasn't "flashed anger" recently. The man is a walking cesspool of anger.
More at Memeorandum and Instapundit.