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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Rubio: Today’s announcement will be welcome news

Rubio needs more seasoning. This is really politically stupid. And damaging.

faraway on June 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Heckler was Munro, nutjob reporter from The Daily Caller. Show some f-ing respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Yes. We must all show respect to the man who just trampled all over the Constitutional limits of the office of the Presidency.

Everyone Bow. On your knees! Do not look directly at the President. You must continue bowing while leaving his presence.

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Heckler was Munro, nutjob reporter from The Daily Caller. Show some f-ing respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Get that Munro character A MEDAL OF FREEDOM! Good on him for talking down to Barry and his lawless regime.

Punchenko on June 15, 2012 at 2:52 PM

It’s been less than a half hour since Obama’s big announcement and his approval ratings on RCP just dropped a half a point. He was a -.7 this morning and now he’s -1.2.

He keeps thinking these position announcements will help him get reelected. I don’t think that word means what he thinks it means.

totherightofthem on June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Romney needs to respond before the 5pm news. Before some other nutjobs say something stupid.

faraway on June 15, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Heckler was Munro, nutjob reporter from The Daily Caller. Show some f-ing respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Be careful. This thread if filled with nutties who actually think that’s all great and voters will just love it.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Heckler was Munro, nutjob reporter from The Daily Caller. Show some f-ing respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Enemies of America deserve no respect. They deserve enforcement of the law without mercy.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

portlandon

No. Whatever you think, he’s the President. Show the Office some respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Holy crapola… I have a lot of respect for Rubio.. but that comment by him is just so far out in left field… it’s just disgusting.

Did he just say that Obama breaking the US Constitution is a short-term SOLUTION?

DaSaintFan on June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Yes. We must all show respect to the man who just trampled all over the Constitutional limits of the office of the Presidency.

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Hey, I still respect the office of the president. Good thing Obama almost never spends time working in it.

The Rogue Tomato on June 15, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Heckler was Munro, nutjob reporter from The Daily Caller. Show some f-ing respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

When Obama starts to show some respect to the American people and the Constitution, and instead stops slapping us in the face and shoving broomsticks up our collective asses, maybe he will get some respect…but at this point I doubt it…

PatriotRider on June 15, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Rubio: Today’s announcement will be welcome news

Rubio needs more seasoning. This is really politically stupid. And damaging.

faraway on June 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Why he is correct in arguing on the constitutionality of the matter and not on the merits…

jimver on June 15, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I side with Reagan and Rubio on the immigration issue. And good luck trying to bully me out of here with insults.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:39 PM

What, you side with Reagan about his amnesty was one of his worst mistakes while in office? That it was vastly abused and that his requirements for increased enforcement were not upheld? That his Administration later referred to the amnesty as what they “got wrong”? You agree with that?

O.K., fine, then.

For every illegal alien who applied and was granted citizenship via that disasterously abused “Reagan amnesty”, another fifty quickly came into the country and also applied.

They applied with every kind of forged and phony “documents” and even the government knew they were false and forged but “allowed” this fakery to continue in an effort to “just get it over with”.

What resulted from the Reagan amnesty was that an expected one million illegal aliens soon burgeoned into over ten million, among whom were many a new arrivee after they heard the news and a vast mountain of forged documentation that fooled few to none.

The result? Ten million and more illegal aliens received U.S. citizenship by way of fakery and forgery and lies and deceit and they then established Los Angeles as one of the paramount centers for forged, illegal documents, which soon spread to Miami, New York and Chicago. Entire industries of human smuggling blossomed in the U.S. with an array of features associated to both bring people into the nation illegally and keep them here by way of ongoing crime. Identity theft became the routine practice among the illegal alien population and…and…

…no increased enforcement resulted as Reagan claims he required and yet an outrageous increase in illegal immigration and associat4ed crimes resulted.

All from the “Reagan amnesty.” That same amnesty that he/his Administration later admitted they “got wrong” and which Reagan regretted as one of his worst errors in government.

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I too enjoy joana’s hysterical flailing-of-the-arms ranting and raving. :-)

Punchenko on June 15, 2012 at 2:44 PM

You’re a racist!

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Rubio: Today’s announcement will be welcome news

Rubio needs more seasoning. This is really politically stupid. And damaging.

faraway on June 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM

We need Bobby Jindal.

Punchenko on June 15, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Rubio: Today’s announcement will be welcome news

Rubio is an azz. He needs to go.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 15, 2012 at 2:55 PM

OK, so if Romney is Prez and a leftie heckles him *in the Rose Garden* during a speech, that’s AOK with you?

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Heckler was Munro, nutjob reporter from The Daily Caller. Show some f-ing respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Yeah, those nutjob reporters….

…. why can’t they be as objective as Dan Rather?

itsspideyman on June 15, 2012 at 2:55 PM

No. Whatever you think, he’s the President. Show the Office some respect.
lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Like your political ideology did the previous president?

Take your self-righteous and go away.

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Romney needs to respond before the 5pm news. Before some other nutjobs say something stupid.

faraway on June 15, 2012 at 2:48 PM

He’s scheduled to speak at 2: 30 pm, east coast time..

jimver on June 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Heckler was Munro, nutjob reporter from The Daily Caller. Show some f-ing respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Respect is earned. It can never be demanded. Obama will never have it.

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

“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.”

Ugh. This guy should be ignored.

HB3 on June 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM

It’s almost funny….it sounds like he added “ignoring the Constitution” as an after thought.

Rubio, I think you’ve lost me forever.

tencole on June 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Dear God. Like Napoleon before him, Barry has crowned himself King.

KCsecurity1976 on June 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

OK, so if Romney is Prez and a leftie heckles him *in the Rose Garden* during a speech, that’s AOK with you?

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:55 PM

You azzholes were cheering when Bush got shoes thrown at his head.

The Count on June 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Heckler was Munro, nutjob reporter from The Daily Caller. Show some f-ing respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Plus, I’m sure you were very “respectful” to GWB.

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

kingsjester

Did a leftie ever interrupt President Bush *at the WH*?

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

This is a very serious un-Constitutional act and has little to do with jobs or the economy. This is about America.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM

This may or may not be constitutional. Boehner and McConnell can sort that out.

Adding 1 million new workers to the system is all about jobs.

Obama is trying to distract Romney from the jobs message. Romney wins by staying on message. Help him out. Focus.

faraway on June 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

No. Whatever you think, he’s the President. Show the Office some respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

He’s not a President. The Dog-Eating Retard is nothing but The Precedent. And he should be The Precedent in the orange jumpsuit.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I hate to think it, but what happens if Mitt supports Rubio?

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

You azzholes were cheering when Bush got shoes thrown at his head.

The Count on June 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

And, while he was hung/burned in effigy. Let’s not forget those precious moments.

totherightofthem on June 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Rubio: Today’s announcement will be welcome news

Rubio needs more seasoning. This is really politically stupid. And damaging.

faraway on June 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM

And potentially damaging to Mitt.

tencole on June 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

King…

“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

“I have done it once in the past successfully when then-Governor Tom Vilsack thought he could legislate by executive order — and the case of King vs. Vilsack is in the books. And that individual, by the way, is now the Secretary of Agriculture. I wonder if he’s not counseling the president on his legal proceedings.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/06/15/rep-steve-king-to-sue-obama-administration-over-new-immigration-policy/#ixzz1xtEm68yx

The Rogue Tomato on June 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

You azzholes were cheering when Bush got shoes thrown at his head.

In Iraq. By an Iraqi. Big difference. This is the White House. You know. America.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

And potentially damaging to Mitt.

tencole on June 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Depending on Mitt’s response, I’d say definitely.

totherightofthem on June 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

kingsjester

Did a leftie ever interrupt President Bush *at the WH*?

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Everywhere else, including overseas concerts….and probably a couple of times in the men’s room that we don’t know about.

You’re failing miserably so far…but keep trying. It’s fun.

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

No. Whatever you think, he’s the President. Show the Office some respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Sorry. I respect the office. NOT THE MAN.

You may be able to watch our liberties and constitutional freedoms go down the crapper while observing your queensbury rules.

I won’t. I’ll go down with my middle finger proudly in Obama’s face.

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

This may or may not be constitutional. Boehner and McConnell can sort that out.

Adding 1 million new workers to the system is all about jobs.

Obama is trying to distract Romney from the jobs message. Romney wins by staying on message. Help him out. Focus.

faraway on June 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

It’s totally and unequivocally un-Constitutional. There’s no question about this. I wouldn’t hold my breath for the cowards in the GOP to do anything about this, but there is NO QUESTION how un-Constitutional this is.

This has nothing to do with the economy or jobs or Mittens’ message. This is a much, much, much larger and more serious issue.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Poor Mittens. Outmanouevred again.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Did a leftie ever interrupt President Bush *at the WH*?

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

They didn’t need to because they are all liberal and always got the questions you wanted asked.

When was Bush ever asked by a reporter what “enchants” him about being president?

The Count on June 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Forgive my ignorance, …but isn’t there a part in his oath about supporting and defending the Constitution?

So…what part of the Constitution says a President can just stop enforcing laws he doesn’t like? (especially when it will garner him a large amount of illegal votes.) Or go ahead and skip Congress whenever he wants, to go ahead and ‘tweak’ or ‘re-write’ a law that might prevent his re-election.

I also seem to remember the left being inconsolably apoplectic whenever Bush issued an executive order, saying our country had become a monarchy, or some such tripe.

But when their guy does it, it’s cool, right?

This guy is such a douchebag, I don’t even have the words.

a5minmajor on June 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

This is was the White House. You know. America.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

It is now a clownish circus.

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Rubio should not be “welcoming” the news of a President that acts unlawfully. And as for his DREAM Act-lite, what the Democrats did here is what they repeatedly do to Republicans that try to engage in the identity politics of the left–outsmart Republicans b/c that is Democrat turf. When Republicans try to out-Democrat the Democrats, the Democrats win that game every time.

Conservative in NOVA on June 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Poor Mittens. Outmanouevred again.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Is English your second language?

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Black Panther or StormFront…

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:42 PM

The ONLY person mentioning either or both of those is you.

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

I won’t. I’ll go down with my middle finger proudly in Obama’s face.

How is that respecting the office if O is Prez? You make no sense.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

In Iraq. By an Iraqi. Big difference. This is the White House. You know. America.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

And you cheered when our head of state was attacked abroad. You. As Americans.

The Count on June 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

I will not yield, kneel or show respect to a narcissist, self-proclaimed ruler that ignores the basic laws of the country…

PatriotRider on June 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

I hate to think it, but what happens if Mitt supports Rubio?

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

We shamelessly play along to get Barry booted from office, Republicans elected to the Senate, and a SCOTUS packed with GOP appointments. We then set out to hold GOP feet to fire and DEMAND, DEMAND, AND DEMAND some more everything that we want.

:-D

Punchenko on June 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

No. Whatever you think, he’s the President. Show the Office some respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

You’re falling on deaf ears. Whiteness is a helluva drug #RickJamesShade

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 3:02 PM

kingsjester

Yes.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 3:02 PM

And good luck trying to bully me out of here with insults.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Rich irony coming from the poster who’s been calling those who disagree with her “idiots” and such all day.
Liberals (and that’s what she is, despite her claims to being “conservative”) excel at nothing more than projection.

Right Mover on June 15, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 2:54 PM

FWIW I’m not reading your wall of texts.

I stopped after your “theory” that the reason there are more Mexican illegal immigrants than Chinese and Ireland illegal immigrants is because of the shared-culture of Hispanics that make them more prone to break “our laws” and that Rubio’s law is “ethnic-cleansing” and “Marxist” even though the bill doesn’t make any reference to ethnicities whatsoever.

Reply to me all you want, but I’m just letting you know that I don’t lose any time arguing with people who have your type of ideas – like believing ethnicity is a factor on determining which individuals are more or less prone to abide to the law. That’s the type of person I rather not have any type of social interaction with.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Is English your second language?

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

You got to it before me.

totherightofthem on June 15, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Black Panther or StormFront…

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Chuckles, is that you?

faraway on June 15, 2012 at 3:02 PM

How is that respecting the office if O is Prez? You make no sense.
lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

So, tell us all how YOU respected Bush by calling him “Chimpy”.

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 3:02 PM

He’s turning into Capt. Queeg…looking for that lost quart of ice cream…

PatriotRider on June 15, 2012 at 3:03 PM

No. Whatever you think, he’s the President. Show the Office some respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

The office deserves respect – this man does not. He lost that right when he willfully broke his oath.

gophergirl on June 15, 2012 at 3:03 PM

So …. how soon do those 800,000 get added to the unemployment numbers? Or do they get 99 weeks of unemployment first ?

(NOT readin’ 800 posts ~ sorry)

/.

CaveatEmpty on June 15, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Poor Mittens. Outmanouevred again.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

English is not your forte.

On your point, you’re right and the Rs deserve it fully.

You deserve to lose all the producers who sustain you looters and moochers. Couldn’t happen to nicer people than you and joana.

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM

The office deserves respect – this man does not. He lost that right when he willfully broke his oath.

gophergirl on June 15, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Good luck with this guy. He doesn’t grasp that nuance.

totherightofthem on June 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Impeach big sis,a good fight to have.

tim c on June 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM

No. Whatever you think, he’s the President. Show the Office some respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Yeah, Umm…No. Sorry Jag-off, you lefties lost the priveledge to use that argument a LOOOOONG time ago.

a5minmajor on June 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM

The firestorm begins… 5… 4… 3…

petefrt on June 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM

kingsjester

I never called him Chimpy. In fact I called him President Bush upthread. Or is this “you” some kind of tribal collective designation. As in “you’re on the other team so everything that other team does is owned by you”?

Pathetic, if so. I’m just one person.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

How is that respecting the office if O is Prez? You make no sense.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

We’ll be sure to wipe our dirty shoes before stepping into the office to proudly give Barry Puppy-eater the finger. :-)

Punchenko on June 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Did a leftie ever interrupt President Bush *at the WH*?

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Did anybody ever throw a shoe at Obama?

Or make a movie about his hypothetical a ss a ss in a tion?

Or hang his double in effigy on some stupid HBO fantasy show?

Right Mover on June 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Flash: Lindsay Lohan Found Unconscious in California Hotel

I wonder which news we’ll see.

faraway on June 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Dear Janet Napolitano:

I expect on my next vacay to not take off my shoes, to not be scanned nor patted down, nor set aside for questioning. I want on my carry-on everything I need, meaning shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, toothpaste and nail clippers. Oh and my feet are off-limits: I won’t take off my shoes!

Since you don’t care absolutely about the security of this country whereas right now terrorists will come in freely and without proper law enforcement, there’s no need for Americans to be subjected to searches and seizures. X-ray machines and that’s IT.

Sorry I am so angry! Concerned about the fear of illegals being caught? Really? Sympathy for illegals for being afraid of being deported? REALLY?

What did I say about Marco Rubio? There, I TOLD YOU SO!

ProudPalinFan on June 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Heckler was Munro, nutjob reporter from The Daily Caller. Show some f-ing respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Yes. We must all show respect to the man who just trampled all over the Constitutional limits of the office of the Presidency.

Everyone Bow. On your knees! Do not look directly at the President. You must continue bowing while leaving his presence.

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Then he should pull out his worm and start sucking!!!!!
No Eyballs on the “One Eyed Snake”

SayNo2-O on June 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Rubio needs more seasoning. This is really politically stupid. And damaging.

faraway on June 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM

And potentially damaging to Mitt.

tencole on June 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Rubio should not be “welcoming” the news of a President that acts unlawfully. And as for his DREAM Act-lite, what the Democrats did here is what they repeatedly do to Republicans that try to engage in the identity politics of the left–outsmart Republicans b/c that is Democrat turf. When Republicans try to out-Democrat the Democrats, the Democrats win that game every time.

Conservative in NOVA on June 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Ugh. This guy should be ignored.

HB3 on June 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM

It’s almost funny….it sounds like he added “ignoring the Constitution” as an after thought.

Rubio, I think you’ve lost me forever.

tencole on June 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Reading comprehension 101.

Today’s announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer,

He’s saying those kids who are in Afghanistan and such will welcome these news. And they will.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Heckler was Munro, nutjob reporter from The Daily Caller. Show some f-ing respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Translated:

“Dissent is Patriotic, except when The Adults are in charge!”

EPIC FAIL-

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Be careful. This thread if filled with nutties who actually think that’s all great and voters will just love it.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

“I am not paranoic,” wrote joana on “the other thread”…

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Hello? Ed? Erika? The Steve King lawsuit based on abuse of power at least deserves an update, no?

The Rogue Tomato on June 15, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Did a leftie ever interrupt President Bush *at the WH*?

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Uhh, every. damn. day.

tetriskid on June 15, 2012 at 3:06 PM

I won’t. I’ll go down with my middle finger proudly in Obama’s face.

How is that respecting the office if O is Prez? You make no sense.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

How on earth can you disconnect the ‘office of fhe president’ from the real person who is holding it? What are you, a cyborg? i couldn’t care less for the office of the president, it does not exist in a vaccum/void, independent of the person who holds it… if the person who holds said office is a patented azzhole and a jerk, the office and the man who holds it have no respect from me…mind you, you have to earn someone’s respect,it’s not to be taken for granted….

jimver on June 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM

We shamelessly play along to get Barry booted from office, Republicans elected to the Senate, and a SCOTUS packed with GOP appointments. We then set out to hold GOP feet to fire and DEMAND, DEMAND, AND DEMAND some more everything that we want.

:-D

Punchenko on June 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

YOU can “shamelessly play along”. If Mitt supports ANY of this…..I’ll sit this one out.

tencole on June 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Pathetic, if so. I’m just one person.
lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Wait. Bhahahaha! You’re saying you’re not like the other Libs, but you’ve been treating Conservatives as if wey all are of one mind since you snuck under the fence here.

The word “hypocrite” doesn’t even cover it.

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Whatever you think, he’s the President. Show the Office some respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

What respect has O’bama showed for the Office?

I hope you find your lostmotherland soon. Some friendly advice: turn North at Seoul.

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM

He’s turning into Capt. Queeg…looking for that lost quart of ice cream…

PatriotRider on June 15, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Someone do a photoshop of him fidgeting with a set of ball bearings.

teke184 on June 15, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Right Mover on June 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Do I have to break out the “crazy conservative hands Obama effigy in front of their church” links?

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 3:08 PM

portlandon

No. Whatever you think, he’s the President. Show the Office some respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I disagree. The President IS “the office.” There’s no Presidency without a President in it. So if and when whoever is in that Office acts disrespectfully of the Office, of our nation, our Constitution, then he (or she if that’s the case) does not deserve any respect.

I disagree that we are somehow compelled to “show the Office some respect” when whoever is IN the Office is acting as terribly as Barack Obama is.

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 3:08 PM

So …. how soon do those 800,000 get added to the unemployment numbers? Or do they get 99 weeks of unemployment first ?

(NOT readin’ 800 posts ~ sorry)

/.

CaveatEmpty on June 15, 2012 at 3:03 PM

“Effective immediately”.

tencole on June 15, 2012 at 3:08 PM

No. Whatever you think, he’s the President. Show the Office some respect.

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

You’re falling on deaf ears. Whiteness is a helluva drug #RickJamesShade

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Look Joana. Someone moved the rock next to yours.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM

OK, so if Romney is Prez and a leftie heckles him *in the Rose Garden* during a speech, that’s AOK with you?

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:55 PM

What makes you think President Romney would invite a leftie to the Rose Garden?

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Obama is seeking to rule this nation by his will alone in the form of Executive Order and the use of agency heads whom he appointed.

Let’s be clear on this point: ONLY the congress of the United States has the power to make or change the law.

I agree with Lindsay Graham in that this bending of the law in a blatant attempt to bypass the congress yet again has most likely gone so far as to actually break the law.

“DISCRETIONARY POWERS” as Napolitano called it, only goes so far and no farther. The Discretionary power she is trying to invoke was meant to deal with INDIVIDUAL CASES…. not grant a blanket amnesty to an entire subset of illegal aliens. The administration and the DHS were keenly aware of this limitation as expressed by Obama when he said he could not act unilaterally to effect this law.

I think this was a cynical ploy meant to try to derail Rubio’s efforts on behalf of this subset of illegal aliens and put the congress in the position of having to confront the administration on this flagrant violation, thereby allowing Obama to APPEAR to be a ‘champion of the downtrodden’. This is, after all, where his community organizer persona is best suited.

Its obvious to the left and the right that Obama cannot run on his record or the economy. He has to try to CREATE a diversion that will allow him to change the topic of the national dialogue.

He’s tried everything else. Now he’s attempting to use the DREAM Act and the subset of illegal aliens as his means to try to appear relevant.

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Oh dear, just saw Rubio’s statement. Well, there goes *his* career. Here’s hoping the Obama admin cuts some ads with his statement in case this becomes a political problem for him.

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM

How is that respecting the office if O is Prez?

When has the sociopathic punk in the WH ever shown respect for the office?

When he “slow-jammed the news” on the late-night show of some laughless no-talent hack comic?

When he gave a “shout-out” to someone at the start of his statement about the terrorist attack on 15 military members in Fort Hood?

When he hung a Mao ornament on his “Christmas” tree?

Or maybe it was when he made a joke about his wife’s attitude towards oral sex?

Answer these, troll, or please GTFOOH.

Right Mover on June 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Hannity says Monroe might join him on today’s program.. trying to work that out.

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Man this has been just one crappy day from start to finish.

gophergirl on June 15, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Holy crapola… I have a lot of respect for Rubio.. but that comment by him is just so far out in left field… it’s just disgusting.

Did he just say that Obama breaking the US Constitution is a short-term SOLUTION?

DaSaintFan on June 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Yes, Rubio just said what he said. As with his earlier splurges with reason, there’s a lot of room there to hold Rubio at arm’s length and not to assume he’s the Boy Wonder that he’s hyped to be. Instead, pay closer attention to his specific positions and statements and if you do, you’ll find some of them to be not only disagreeable but really weird. This is one of those that is really weird AND disagreeable.

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Did a leftie ever interrupt President Bush *at the WH*?

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Every single time a member of the news media asked a question.

oldroy on June 15, 2012 at 3:10 PM

No. Whatever you think, he’s the President. Show the Office some respect.

When such as 0bama can get the Office, the office itself no longer deserves any respect..

Nor does the nation that puts him there.

LegendHasIt on June 15, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Drudge has that growling picture !!

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM

When has the sociopathic punk in the WH ever shown respect for the office?

When he “slow-jammed the news” on the late-night show of some laughless no-talent hack comic?

When he gave a “shout-out” to someone at the start of his statement about the terrorist attack on 15 military members in Fort Hood?

When he hung a Mao ornament on his “Christmas” tree?

Or maybe it was when he made a joke about his wife’s attitude towards oral sex?

Answer these, troll, or please GTFOOH.

Right Mover on June 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Good questions.

tetriskid on June 15, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Man this has been just one crappy day from start to finish.

gophergirl on June 15, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Not necessarily. This may (IMO probably) backfire on him.

It’s going to make the unemployed that much angrier. Rep. Steve King is going to sue his azz over the abuse of power. That’s not going to look good, either.

The Rogue Tomato on June 15, 2012 at 3:12 PM

When he hung a Mao ornament on his “Christmas” tree?

He did this? Links please (though its pretty cute if he did).

Or maybe it was when he made a joke about his wife’s attitude towards oral sex?

He did this? Links please. Though if he did I am sure it was in a clever and oblique way. The more relevant question is why is a reference to oral sex between two monogamously married people somehow degrading? Sex is part of expressing love in a relationship and is nothing to be ashamed of. Why are you ashamed of it?

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 3:12 PM

OK, so if Romney is Prez and a leftie heckles him *in the Rose Garden* during a speech, that’s AOK with you?

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:55 PM

*IF* President Romney takes some action that violates our Constitution and he’s heckled for it, then, yes, that’d be OK with me.

But I strongly doubt that any “leftie” would heckle him for that.

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Drudge has that growling picture !!

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM

It’s scary how much he’s starting to look like and sound like a dictator lately.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 15, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Did a leftie ever interrupt President Bush *at the WH*?

lostmotherland on June 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

They did in Congress:

Democrats boo Bush during 2005 SOTU

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2012 at 3:13 PM

If Rubio’s statement was quoted correctly above (link?), it is a big disappointment. He should be slamming hard on the illegality of enacting policy (even one he endorses) that has been voted down by Congress via Executive Order. Weak and faltering, and we need strong and unequivocal.

This is huge–it is a blatantly unconstitutional power grab by the executive and it must be contested strongly, by impeachment if necessary. The punk needs to be slapped down.

This is also an opportunity for Romney. Hit Obama hard on it. Call for hearings, legal action, impeachment if warranted. This is the time to go for the jugular, politically speaking, since it is obviously a desperation move on Obama’s part. Take advantage of the chance and attack!

spiritof61 on June 15, 2012 at 3:14 PM

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