Breaking: Obama administration to loosen deportation rules

posted at 10:44 am on June 15, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

So, the “framing” economic speech yesterday was a bust — yeah, they’re going to need us to move away from that ol’ chestnut pretty quickly — so here comes the next big talking point in the Obama-campaign wheelhouse.

President Obama has decided that the Homeland Security Department will no longer deport younger illegal immigrants who haven’t broken the law, and will instead issue them work permits.

 The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.

The policy change, described to The Associated Press by two senior administration officials, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It also bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act, a long-sought but never enacted plan to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the United States illegally but who have attended college or served in the military.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was to announce the new policy Friday, one week before President Barack Obama plans to address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak to the group on Thursday.

Updates to follow…

Update: At least as far as the Latino community is concerned (and opinion abounds on the electoral significance of Latinos as a voting group, and whether they really vote so monolithically), this is going to present a stiff challenge for Romney’s campaign. As ABC points out:

The Obama administration is likely to deny that politics played a role in the announcement, but the timing is ideal for the president’s reelection campaign. In the GOP primary, Mitt Romney adopted strictly conservative positions against illegal immigration in his effort to woo right-wing voters. He backs a strong fence along the border with Mexico, opposes most amnesty and boasts of his move as Massachusetts governor to deny in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. …

Obama’s announcement today is likely to curry favor with Hispanics, a key growing voting bloc who could determine the winner in November in important states like Florida, Colorado and Nevada. The president currently beats Romney among Hispanics in polls, but most Latinos say they disapprove of his deportation policy.

Deportation rates under President Obama have actually been relatively high — a point about which many Latino voters and immigration advocates have been displeased. This could be a crucial appeasement-move that will inspire Latinos to get to polls in November.

Can President Obama even do this without Congressional approval? I’m not sure, but then again, it hardly matters. If he can, great; if he can’t, great: It’s just another jab he can aim at an “obstructionist,” “do-nothing” Congress.

Update (Ed): 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.

Update (back to Erika): A calculated move to steal some of Sen. Marco Rubio’s alternative-DREAM-Act thunder? It’s widely known that Sen. Rubio has been crafting legislation that would give visas to undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children if they attend college or join the military, though it would not provide legal permanent residency — and President Obama’s plan sounds pretty darn similar. Plenty of Republicans aren’t exactly thanking Rubio for his upcoming proposal, but as a tea-party rockstar with Hispanic roots, Rubio is a major threat to Democrats’ claim that they’re the best political party for Latinos’ interests. Team Obama definitely needed to get out in front on this one.

Update: Here are some immediate reactions from our Congresspeople concerning the Obama campaign’s — er, sorry, I mean, the White House’s — newest immigration policy.

Rep. Allen West, R-Florida

“This is yet another example of executive branch overreach. We have a legislative process that ensures representative governance by the consent of the American people. This action should be crafted into legislation, debated in committee and brought before the House and Senate for vote, with accordance of our Constitutional Republic way. Secretary Napolitano is an unelected administrative bureaucrat who does not have the right to make governing decisions for this country. It is apparent that the goal of the Obama administration is not to govern, but rule by edict. This again is a reflection of the desperation of President Obama and his liberal progressive disciples as November draws nearer. …

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey

“For all the young people who call this country their home but have been unable to fulfill their dreams, I am profoundly grateful to the President and the Administration for suspending the deportation of Dreamers. For these young men and women who want to become doctors, teachers, police officers and soldiers, this announcement will change their lives forever.”

Update: Let Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano be clear: This is not to be confused with amnesty.

“A grant of deferred action is not immunity, it is not amnesty,” Napolitano told reporters. “It is an exercise of discretion.”

Update: Sen. Rubio responded by saying that the content of Obama’s proposal is “welcome news,” but was quick to decry the manner of it:

“Today’s announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short term answer to a long term problem,” the Cuban American Rubio said in a statement. “And by once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long term one.”


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Breaking news. Republican party does nothing. Again.

oldroy on June 15, 2012 at 10:45 AM

The Emperor has spoken.

search4truth on June 15, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Why wait until now?

forest on June 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Time yet to march on Washington? Or shall we wait for more treason?

nobar on June 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Constitution? Congress? What are they?

The Rogue Tomato on June 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Breaking news. Republican party does nothing. Again.

oldroy

To be fair, outside of bitching there isn’t much they can do. They can hold hearings in the House. Thats it.

Zaggs on June 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Er… Isn’t being in the country illegally breaking the law?

The Chewbacca Defense on June 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Wonder if Reid & Co realize a Republican President might be showing up soon? What’s good for the goose…

Irritable Pundit on June 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Illegal immigrants no longer to be deported unless they do something illegal….

Huh?

crazywater on June 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Congress? We don’t need no steenking Congress.

Imperial presidency.

iurockhead on June 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Loosen deportation rules, immediate citizenship and voting rights just in time for November. Wham! 800,000 instant votes for Obama. Whatta concept!

hawkeye54 on June 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

By executive order, huh?

How will Congress react?
What about when he dissolves Congress by Executive Order?

CoolCzech on June 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Well, I guess that answers the question regarding how desperate Obama will get when finds himself loosing the election.

WisRich on June 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Why wait until now?

forest on June 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

He needs a boost in the polls. On top of that ground-breaking speech, of course.

iurockhead on June 15, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I’m guessing the legalizing pot thing really will be his last shot …

He’s done the gay marriage thing, now this.

catmman on June 15, 2012 at 10:49 AM

President Obama has decided that the Homeland Security Department will no longer deport younger (((ILLEGAL))) immigrants who haven’t (((broken the law))), and will instead issue them work permits.

By definition that would be zero.

Wagthatdog on June 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Where is the part where they have to pass an English language skills test in order to stay here? Am I missing something?

Tc0061 on June 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Out: The 3 minute School House Rock video, “I am a bill”.

New Hotness: 15 second video, “I am an executive order”.

The Rogue Tomato on June 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Congress? We don’t need no steenking Congress.

Imperial presidency.

Its the goal. He’s been livin’ the royal live in the WH and would dearly like to remain their.

hawkeye54 on June 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Desperation time.

Expect lots of stunts like this between now and election day.

Good Lt on June 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

The numbnuts can’t even get an October Suprise right.

VastRightWingConspirator on June 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Barry just threw himself under Romney’s honking campaign bus.

BHO Jonestown on June 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

…And now Romney is going to spend his Sunday Talk Show appearance talking about amnesty.

Yay….

budfox on June 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

If this doesn’t make people work until their hands have blisters and their feet have calluses for Romney – nothing will

Obama needs to be stopped period.

gophergirl on June 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I’m guessing the legalizing pot thing really will be his last shot …

He’s done the gay marriage thing, now this.

No the final, last straw will be an EO legalizing MJ to ensure the slacker vote.

hawkeye54 on June 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

And create a new definition of “young” as “under 30″:

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.

So, in the space of three years we’ve defined young as 26 (SCHIP, O-Care) and now 30. At this rate, 40 will be the new 20 in a couple of years.

rcpjr on June 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

President Obama has decided that the Homeland Security Department will no longer deport younger illegal immigrants who haven’t broken the law, and will instead issue them work permits.

If they’re here THEY HAVE BROKEN THE LAW!!!

wildcat72 on June 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

The first drop in a tidal wave of illegal immigrant related measures to come pouring out of the White House to try and save TFHP. No law is too big for Dog Eater to bypass to make sure that he and his hulking grifter of a wife can rape the public treasury for another term.

Bishop on June 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Obama administration to loosen deportation rules

My God, that reads like a headline from the Associated Press. The LA Times, of all news outlets, does a much better job:

Obama to order immunity for young illegal immigrants

McCain, Rubio, and the Bush clan will be out there praising this, yes?

Looks like Rubio won’t have to revise the DREAM Act after all.

Mr. Arkadin on June 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

What about when he dissolves Congress by Executive Order?

CoolCzech on June 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

“The regional governors now have direct control over their territories. Fear will keep the local systems in line. ” – Grand Moff Holder

teke184 on June 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Somehow I don’t think this is gonna “flip” Arizona.

Bobbertsan on June 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM

The Scorched Earth Presidency.

It’ll get worse before it gets better.

144 days.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM

The numbnuts can’t even get an October Suprise right.

VastRightWingConspirator on June 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

No, that will be an absolution of student debt loans.

Because you need students lining up for Aid and Pell grants first, and back in school, before making that call.

budfox on June 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM

To be fair, outside of bitching there isn’t much they can do. They can hold hearings in the House. Thats it.

Zaggs on June 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

The Republican party won’t bitch about it or have hearings. They will do absolutely nothing, except give an approving wink.

It always surprises me that minorities can think that driving down the price of labor by allowing illegals to stay helps them.

oldroy on June 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM

For those who think that they can restrain Barry by just electing their brand of “conservatives” to the House and Senate.

This is such an obvious pander, but can the voters see through and recognize Barry’s imperial fiat and his breach of the role different branches of government as another reason why he has to go?

bayview on June 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I actually don’t have a problem with this change. These kids had no choice about being here illegally.

My only reservation is that they say it only applies to people prior to this date. If they don’t do that, it’s just going to open the floodgates.

And just because they’re not going to deport the young people that had no choice, they still need to deport the parents who brought them over. And none of this “can’t break up a family” crap. At that point the 16-18 year old illegal immigrants can choose. Go back with the family or stay here and support yourself, no access to welfare or entitlement programs.

ButterflyDragon on June 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM

As long as congress sits on their hands and does nothing………
As long as the media says nothing……….
As long as we the people do nothing………
You see where this is going don’t you?
This nation is being rolled and nobody is stepping up.
Romney? I doubt it. He won’t take a chance he’ll piss off some voters.
Anybody……Buehler?????

LeftCoastRight on June 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Breaking: Obama administration to loosen deportation rules completely shred the Constitution.

Again.

bigmacdaddy on June 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM

those WH internal polls must be so much worse than we think it is! More desperation along with more distractions….DIVIDE AND CONQUER.

Just keep the eye of the economy–ugh

CoffeeLover on June 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Someone keeps forgetting to tell this boob that he’s president, not emperor.

natasha333 on June 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM

This will expose how Hispanics care more about their own race than they do the rule of law and the Constitution.

Mark1971 on June 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Well this makes perfect sense. That’s a ton of Dem votes he’s just given himself. Republican Party where are you????

neyney on June 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM

What about when he dissolves Congress by Executive Order?

CoolCzech on June 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Coming in January. First order of business after he’s sworn in for his lifetime term.

hawkeye54 on June 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Work visas, eh? Well, I didn’t think he could do it but Obama managed to raise unemployment even more. Kudos to you sir, kudos.

29Victor on June 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Ay Chihuahua! It’s not just for an appetizer anymore…

Constitution? Barry don’t need no stinkin’ Constitution!

God help us.

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Ruling by decree . . . Obama is acting like a tyrant in trouble . . . which, of course, is what he is:
http://wannabeanglican.blogspot.com/2012/06/obama-tyrant-in-trouble-and-acting-like.html

WannabeAnglican on June 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Looking forward to the next Republican President playing by the same lack of rules. You reap what you sow Democrats. Nice overreach AGAIN.

Bensonofben on June 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

There’s nothing the Legislative can do about this unless willing to impeach the Executive, and they’re not, because the People do not want them to do so and it is an election year.

This is not about immigration. It is about Obama’s refusal to uphold the Constitution of the United States, his refusal to enforce federal law and his willingness to push for unconstitutional legislation (Obamacare). There are MANY examples. Republicans should not take the bait. Focus on the unconstitutional nature of this president and his presidency.

Obama has no respect for our founding legal document. Do even Latinos really want to live in a country which increasingly lacks rule of law? This is where the focus needs to be in opposing this Executive power grab.

The legality of present immigrants is a debate for another day.

exdeadhead on June 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Illegal Votes to follow.

Obama only knows how to BUY votes. He’s running out of Crony Capital and starting to mine illegals, no wonder Eric Holder was so upset at Florida.

They’re running out of time, November is near, Obama is far from winning.

JayTee on June 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

budfox on June 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Yep.

But I invested in printing ink so I’ll be golden when those babies are cranked up to pay for all of it.

Bishop on June 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

HITLER

SDarchitect on June 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Besides the constitutional problems and abuse of executive power:

I wonder if “haven’t broken the law” includes identity theft and document fraud?…

Illegal aliens typically have to use someone else’s SSN and a fake card with said SSN to fill out the I-9 (entailing falsification of the I-9). That’s a minimum of 3 felonies.

Anyone want to take bets on Obama’s DHS even, at a minimum, asking who’s SSN they’ve used so they can inform the victim?…

batter on June 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I’m fuming right now.

jennifernaz on June 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I’m not sure that will get him anywhere. Whatever ever additional Latino votes he may pick up will be offset by the white/black vote he’ll lose. He already has 85% of Hispanics. The law means nothing to this guy and to liberals for that matter.

cajunpatriot on June 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

President Obama has decided that the Homeland Security Department will no longer deport younger illegal immigrants who haven’t broken the law, and will instead issue them work permits.

Their very status is, by definition, breaking the law. \

There really are two issues here. First, should the policy change for these 800,000 young people? This is something that there should be a spirited discussion and a change to the law if change is needed.

The second issue is the fact that once again Obama decided to bypass the legislative process and simply stopped enforcing parts of the law that are inconvenient to his agenda. This is much more troubling and Congress had damned well better object.

Happy Nomad on June 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Someone keeps forgetting to tell this boob that he’s president, not emperor.

Within the WH cabal of mentors and advisors, that forgetfulness is a feature not a bug. Obama serves their purposes well. They’d like to keep it that way as long as possible.

hawkeye54 on June 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Well when you intentionally ignore the Constitution (“deeming” the Senate to be in recess) what is once again violating the laws.

Not merely unAmerican, but anti-American. If you don’t like the law, work to get it changed, otherwise, as chief law enforcer, enforce the law.

rbj on June 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Maybe Ed can get Squish McConnell back on a video interview to explain how this is really a good thing.

oldroy on June 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Er… Isn’t being in the country illegally breaking the law?

The Chewbacca Defense on June 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Details, details…////

Dopenstrange on June 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

The Scorched Earth Presidency.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Battle of Stalingrad.

Don’t be surprised if he torches DC on November 7th.

CorporatePiggy on June 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Awesome! Millions more about to enter the workforce legally. Oops, gotta find a way to keep them “off the books” when calculating the unemployment numbers. Any wagers that not a single work permit will be issued until November 7th?

Borgcube on June 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

No the final, last straw will be an EO legalizing MJ to ensure the slacker vote.

hawkeye54 on June 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Are you kidding? At this rate legalization of all drugs (except the prescription ones the govt enjoys control of) will be July’s move. By late October he will be passing Ex orders suspending voter ID laws and allowing felons still in prison to vote.

And I fully expect a “necessary” war to have started by then after this move and wouldn’t be shocked if elections are “suspended” because of some incident.

Betenoire on June 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I just wrote my Senator. This is my letter to him, feel free to send it to yours(or write your own) but please, contact your Senator and make your views on King Barry’s proclamation felt.

The Constitution of the United States is a sacred document that is the very foundation of this country. The powers of government are clearly described with its text. Yet, the President of the United States who was touted as Constitutional scholar has time and again overstepped the bounds of his power more than any other President before. And today, he announced his intentions to do so again. In Article 1:Section 8, the Constitution clearly defines the powers assigned to Congress. One of these powers is “To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization”. And yet this President has decided to legislate from his office and decree like royalty. He has decided to give amnesty to illegal (the key word) entrants into this country who are under 30 and have been here for 5 years. Such an executive order is not one made to enforce a law, but to create one, a power not of the executive branch, but of the legislative one. Once again, Obama seeks to dictate his own laws (or more accurately the views of a small leftist minority that hold his electoral purse strings) and desecrates not only the Constitution but every person in this country with the flagrant violation of his constitutional authority. The United States is a country built by immigrants. Obama’s action on this would be a slap in the face of every one of those immigrants. From those who came here passing the feet of Lady Liberty seeking the American Dream to those that needed shelter from tyrannical regimes and became citizens of this great nation, did so through procedures established by the laws Congress has set out for entry and the path of Citizenship. This political move by Obama to gain favor from the Latino voters is not only morally corrupt, but illegal and violation of his oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.

How long is Congress going to sit idly by while Obama makes proclamations like a king? It is time for that to end. I urge you to forget the political sensitivities and begin impeachment of this man now, for the good of this nation.

Wolftech on June 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Barry just threw himself under Romney’s honking campaign bus.

BHO Jonestown on June 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I agree. Like the gay marriage thing, this is going to cost him votes. Most people in this country oppose amnesty, and want our borders controlled. A guest-worker permit, issued when they are ENTERING THE COUNTRY, is fine and dandy. This is not.

This will shore up his base, but those people were voting for him anyway. Screwed the pooch again, Bammy.

iurockhead on June 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Why wait until now?

forest on June 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

This is rhetorical, right?

totherightofthem on June 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Don’t be surprised if he torches DC on November 7th.

CorporatePiggy on June 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I think he’ll be pissed that the Brits beat him to it by 200 years.

teke184 on June 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Hmmm. The illegals will only be granted work permits not voting rights. So, how does that add 800,000 new voters to the roles? It will strengthen the Hispanic vote, but who cares? Urkel the Dog Eater is losing support right and left and catering to any specific voting bloc will have no effect to the inevitable outcome.

HiJack on June 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Dick Trumka hardest hit.

antipc on June 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Breaking news. Republican party does nothing. Again.

oldroy on June 15, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Breaking: oldroy ignores the fact that the replubicans have blocked every single attempt at amnesty, including when Bush was POTUS.

DethMetalCookieMonst on June 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

By late October he will be passing Ex orders suspending voter ID laws and allowing felons still in prison to vote.

Meh, he might just as well declare martial law, suspend the presidential elections altogether and just proclaim himself Imperial President for Life.

hawkeye54 on June 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Maobama…. “we don’t need no stinking Legislature…..”

Catch him if you can !

FlaMurph on June 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

It’s a brilliant trap for republicans. Speak out against it…ostracize a voting block that is desperately needed. Don’t speak out against it harsh enough… make the base angry.

stingray9813 on June 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

For a “new kind of politician,” after strongly (at least relatively speaking) immigration law for over three years, this is an amazingly cynical move 5 months before an election.

Once more Obama proves that he doesn’t think of people as anything but means to a political end.

29Victor on June 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

As a naturalized citizen who has had several visas on the loooong road to citizenship, I’d be interested in knowing which visa category will be used for these work permits and under what congressional (i.e. legal) authority? It seems that BCIS lied to us about the nature of the US government in the citizenship test. I was under the mistaken impression that the US had 3 branches of government and the federal government had enumerated powers. Silly me. It’s just one branch and it can do whatever it likes.

Hey, my daughter came here before the age of 16. Could she get a visa? I know it’s superfluous as she is a citizen, but I wonder what would happen to their system if all citizens requested forms to apply for this goody? Just sayin…

MichiCanuck on June 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Will the Republicans keep pretending to be “loyal opposition” if Obama defies the Congress and proclaims himself king? Because that’s pretty much what he just did.

Archivarix on June 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Illegal immigrants no longer to be deported unless they do something illegal….

Huh?

crazywater on June 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

…but if our young people break laws…what then?

KOOLAID2 on June 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM

will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants

next month headline…..”First time applicant for unemployment unexpectedly jump by 800,000 “

Fighton03 on June 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I’m fuming right now.

jennifernaz on June 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Yep

gophergirl on June 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM

SCOAMF is losing big on the economy so he is trying to change the debate to this.

Mitt’s response should be something like “how are we going to fix the economy by adding another 800,000 people to those already struggling to find a job?”

Rixon on June 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I bet the swing state Dem senators running for reelection are just thrilled.

Mark1971 on June 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM

ButterflyDragon on June 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM

The big problem is not the particulars of the rules, but the fact that 0 routinely ignores the Constitution. And everyone else let’s him get away with it.

pedestrian on June 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM

The second issue is the fact that once again Obama decided to bypass the legislative process and simply stopped enforcing parts of the law that are inconvenient to his agenda. This is much more troubling and Congress had damned well better object.

Happy Nomad on June 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Nope. No objections allowed. That is racist. Before the end of the day, the first person to raise any objection on TV or Radio will be labelled a racist within minutes of objecting. Probably Rush and Hannity will be labelled racist (again). Some news-type conservative will object and be labelled racist. etc.

But absolutely no Republican will raise the slightest objection.

oldroy on June 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM

will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants

next month headline…..”First time applicant for unemployment unexpectedly jump by 800,000 “

Fighton03 on June 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM

It won’t jump by that much.

By that, I mean there’s probably a huge number of that 800,000 who are already claiming it.

teke184 on June 15, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I wonder how many zeros I can fit on this check I’m writing to the Rombo campaign.

Bishop on June 15, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Our constitution has as much usefulness as a roll of toilet paper.

ActinUpinTexas on June 15, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Do even Latinos really want to live in a country which increasingly lacks rule of law?

exdeadhead on June 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Well, some of them will be used to 54 minute harangues by unhinged dictators.

de rigueur on June 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

via drudge:

Plan ‘Tracks Closely to Proposal Offered by Sen. Marco Rubio’…

Good Job, Marco Rubio. Giving Obama and the libs cover on immigration.

It’s almost as bad as Romneycare giving Barry cover on ObamaCare.

When will the Republicans learn????

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Work permits? Why not just hand them a roll of Charmin? There are no JOBS. And I’m sure the real citizen parents of the kids who just graduated from high school and are unable to find jobs must be thrilled to know there will now be even stiffer competition for those same jobs. I hate this whole idea, however, Odumbo may have just shot himself in the foot again.

waterytart on June 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Probably gain him some Hispanic votes. Probably also lose him some votes from people who believe in enforcing laws. I assume Axe has done the comparisons,…but, judging from the last few weeks, perhaps not. Lots of room for blowback, though, particularly on jobs and our youth unemplyment rates. Man, I miss Lee Atwater. This would be pie for him.

a capella on June 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I thought the White House wanted to avoid a “Constitutional Crisis”. Didn’t Eric Holder just tell us that?

Buy Danish on June 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Should help Nevada continue their torrid race to new unemployment heights. For some reason I can’t seem to get past the fact that Nevadans so consistently vote against their own best interests. It should be a major source of embarrassment for them:

http://fiscalwars.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/whats-wrong-with-nevada/

stout77 on June 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM

GREAT !

The US has really been dragging its feet on becoming a country different than that of our fathers and grandfathers. It was going to be 2040 or 2050 until we were the USA in name only if someone didn’t speed things up.

Thanks Obama ! This will help a lot !

The countries of eastern Europe look better and better each day, how sad.

cougar on June 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Obama isn’t President, he is a KING!

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM

This–making it easier for illegal aliens to stay and work in the United States–should help 0bama greatly in economically depressed swing states like Michigan and Ohio.

/obvious sarcasm

MidniteRambler on June 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM

A 1% move in the white vote is worth a 10% move in the “Spanish is my or my parents’ primary language” vote.

This kind of pandering further alienates 50% of those white voters who hear about it.

So Barry Kardashian flops again.

Akzed on June 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Like the gay marriage thing, this is going to cost him votes. Most people in this country oppose amnesty, and want our borders controlled.

iurockhead on June 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

And hopefully many in the Latino population will see this as many vays did his previous announcement. “Where have you been for the past three years? Why is it only now that you take up our cause?”

Many gays knew they were being cynically used, perhaps Latinos will as well.

29Victor on June 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Er… Isn’t being in the country illegally breaking the law?

The Chewbacca Defense on June 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

SHUT UP! He explained.

LoganSix on June 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM

The joke is on them….Job Permit does not equal Job…

That is how I would respond if I were Romney…

This stunt is nothing more than a lame attempt to distract Romney from hammering Obama over jobs, the economy and the debt. If I were Romney I would stay on message and ignore it (except with the joke above). Let some other Republicans (hint House Republicans if they have the guts) deal with this one.

Obama wants to draw Romney into this debate because Romney is obviously uncomfortable with it, and they want to portray Romney and Republicans as the second coming of the Know Nothing Party. Give the people of this country the benefit of the doubt. Working people in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin etc., know what this is about and won’t like it at all.

William Eaton on June 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Hmmm… Illegals will only be given worker permits, not voting rights. How does that add 800,000 voters to the roles? Urkel the Dog Eater is losing support right AND left, so this will have no effect come November except for possibly strengthening his Hispanic support. How many voters will he turn against him as a result of this blatant, and unconstitutional, scheme?

HiJack on June 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

So does this mean they can still deport the parents of these under-30 something children of illegals?? Wouldn’t that be mean – breaking up families ?

Something tells me deportation just ended in this country.

Can you say “FLOOD GATES” ??

Does this also apply to white european illegals as well ?

“Ich bin ein….. illegales

FlaMurph on June 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

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