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The oath of office of the President Of The United States: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Barack Obama took that oath when he became President, and he broke it when he decided to create his own immigration law by granting de-facto temporary amnesty to those who entered the country illegally when they were sixteen years of age or younger. Under the Constitution, Obama doesn't get to unilaterally create law. According to the Constitution, laws originate in the Legislative Branch of government, Congress. Obama is not our King. He doesn't get to make laws on his own, decide which laws to enforce, and he doesn't get to thwartt the will of Congress just because he wants to pander for the Latino vote in an election year.
King Obama's unitary executive move (which was not an executive order, but a memo to the Department Of Homeland Security) is a backdoor implementation of the Dream Act, which has been defeated at least three times in Congress since it was first introduced in 2009. The original Dream Act and King Obama's new immigration "policy" both do the same thing. Here's what m the Dream Act does:
Under the 2009 version of the Senate bill DREAM Act beneficiaries must:
• Have proof of having arrived in the United States before age 16.
• Have proof of residence in the United States for at least five consecutive years since their date of arrival.
• If male, have registered with the Selective Service.
• Be between the ages of 12 and 35 at the time of bill enactment.
• Have graduated from an American high school, obtained a GED, or been admitted to an institution of higher education.
• Be of "good moral character".
And that's pretty much what King Obama's policy does.
The sad part of this is, I actually agree with Obama on the issue. I don't think children who were brought to this country illegally should be punished with depottation. They are not at fault. They were CHILDREN, for pete's sake. Their parents are the ones at fault.
But just because I agree with Obama doesn't mean I go along with him end running the law and our legislative process. Here's what Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said about the new policy:
"The decision is not just a breach of faith with the American people. It blatantly ignores the rule of law that is the foundation of our democracy.
In an interview with Univision television earlier this year, President Obama said that he can’t just “waive away the laws that Congress put in place” and that “the president doesn’t have the authority to simply ignore Congress and say, ‘We’re not going to enforce the laws that you’ve passed.’”
But ignore Congress and the Constitution is exactly what the president has done – and this isn’t the first time."
You can say that again.
Smith went on to say Obama's policy was a blow to all the underemployed and unemployed Americans, but that part of his statement I do not accept. Kids who were brought here illegally through no fault of their own should not be singled out for punishment, in my opinion. When they grow up they should get to stay here if they conduct themselves honorably, and they should be able to compete for jobs. I'd probably attach a requirement that this category of immigrant, after he/she reaches adulthood, must become a U.S. citizen within a reasonable period of time if they want to stay here, but that's about it. I'd give them the opportunity to become legal. The adults who came here illegally, I'd deport. They knew better, and they chose to break the law anyway. This does open up a new legal game of 'when did they come here ?", which could be a big problem, but that burden would be on the illegal immigrant. If they were here when they were under age, there should be school records.
Even when Obama does something I agree with in principle, he still manages to screw it all up. The guy is talented. I don't know at what, but talented nonetheless.
Mitt Romney seems to have about the same take on this as Obama, though Romney didn't care for the way Obama went about it either:
"I believe the status of young people who come here through no fault their own is an important matter to be considered and should be solved on a long-term basis so they know what their future would be in this country," Romney told reporters. "I think the action of the president today makes it more difficult to reach that long-term solution because an executive order is of course, a short-term matter and can be reversed by subsequent presidents."
"I'd like to see legislation that deals with this issue, and I happen to agree with Marco Rubio," Romney said. "If I'm president, we'll do our very best to have that kind of solution."
Here's hoping that a President Romney can get the GOP support necessary to get this done the right way, through Congress, and King Obama can return to Chicago to rule his household with an iron fist, subject to Michelle's approval, of course.