Obama on new DREAM Act policy: This isn’t amnesty, it’s the right thing to do

posted at 4:01 pm on June 15, 2012 by Allahpundit

Contrary to popular belief, this shift doesn’t appear to stem from any new executive orders from The One. It comes from a directive issued by Janet Napolitano (at Obama’s behest, of course) instructing DHS to defer action on all young illegals who meet the DREAM-like criteria specified in the directive. That’s why O is insisting that this isn’t amnesty: It’s not formal legalization, it’s de facto legalization insofar as they’re simply not going to enforce the existing law against a certain class of illegal immigrants. It’s prosecutorial discretion, in other words — exercised en masse on behalf of something like 800,000 people. President Romney’s DHS director could reverse it with a single memo, but of course Obama’s calculating that he won’t dare now that the precedent’s been established, especially given all the pressure Romney’s feeling and will continue to feel to be more competitive for Hispanic votes.

When O was asked about this last year, he claimed his hands were tied. Amazing what sorts of “evolution” can happen with Election Day bearing down:

THE PRESIDENT: I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce. And I think there’s been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the DREAM Act passed and getting comprehensive immigration passed by perpetrating the notion that somehow, by myself, I can go and do these things. It’s just not true…

[W]e live in a democracy. You have to pass bills through the legislature, and then I can sign it. And if all the attention is focused away from the legislative process, then that is going to lead to a constant dead-end. We have to recognize how the system works, and then apply pressure to those places where votes can be gotten and, ultimately, we can get this thing solved. And nobody will be a stronger advocate for making that happen than me.

His “rah-rah democracy” approach there is misleading: As Byron York notes, he’s been flirting with the idea of unilateral executive action for a long time. But his basic point, that you’ll need a compromise in Congress to finally settle this issue, is all too true. And Matt Lewis is dead right in thinking that Obama made that much more difficult today:

As someone who opposed the Arizona law — and has supported Rubio’s DREAM ACT — I am convinced that America needs to have a serious national discussion about immigration reform. Short-circuiting the legislative process deprives us of that organic discussion. It also guarantees there will be no bipartisan consensus. Perhaps Rubio could have persuaded more conservatives to back common sense reforms? The water is now poisoned. Obama — for transparently political purposes — has made sure that conservatives and Republicans will feel slighted and kept out of the loop.

That’s because they have been.

The downside, of course, is that this does nothing to heal this nation, nothing to bring us together, and only serves as a short-term solution for immigrants when a long-term solution — one based on consensus, not political opportunism — was needed.

If O actually cared about DREAM on the merits instead of as a cynical electoral cudgel against the GOP, he would have let Rubio float his own DREAM bill to try to shake some Republican support loose. The bill might have passed with Democratic support; even if it didn’t, Obama would have been in a better position at that point to act unilaterally since there would already be multiple Republicans on record as supporting the basics of DREAM (even if they opposed unilateral executive action). But he couldn’t afford to let Rubio take the lead lest the publicity surrounding that jeopardize Obama’s huge lead over the GOP among Latinos. So, just as he did with gay marriage, he cynically decided that now was the moment for a pure, bold, crystalline pander to one of the Democrats’ core client constituencies.

But I don’t know, maybe I’m underestimating him. As I say, now that a de facto DREAM amnesty is in effect, the politics of this have changed. If there’s any tried and true principle in the entitlement age, it’s that most politicians are deathly afraid to take something away from a group once it’s been granted — especially a group whose electoral power is increasing. Will President Romney or a Republican Congress really be willing to undo this when given the chance? At best, I think they might be willing to replace it with a new DREAM Act of their own, but unless there’s a ferocious backlash among the rest of the electorate, I’m skeptical that pulling the plug is an option.

Here’s a chunk of O’s presser. I’ve got updates coming below the video, so stand by.

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Update: Daniel Halper at the Standard finds it awfully coincidental that the cover story of Time magazine’s new issue published yesterday is a puff piece on the illegal immigrant experience. I don’t know. Newsweeklies typically don’t need any nudging from the White House to run puff pieces about the “undocumented,” but a well-timed bit of favorable messaging in a major magazine will help Axelrod et al. sell this otherwise controversial policy. Who knows what sorts of little tidbits they’re feeding to journalists about policy shifts to come.

Update: At Reason, Mike Riggs asks a good question. If President Choom can decide that he has better things to do than deport young illegals, why can’t he also decide that he has better things to do than prosecute dope-smokers?

Today’s immigration announcement makes a compelling case that Obama is capable of using his executive powers to *not* enforce the law, and will do so when it’s politically advantageous. There’s a lesson there for drug reformers.


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cane_loader on June 15, 2012 at 6:15 PM
Hammer. Nail.
That’s precisely how they claim ANY rights are DENIED … Just because they THOUGHT they’d been bestowed, first.

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 6:19 PM

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 6:16 PM

No, not unexpected. The man tramples the Constitution at every turn. He is hell bent on turning the USA into a third world cesspool. I admit I’m a little surprised at the brazenness. Seems to me these are the death throes of a doomed presidency.

conservative_student on June 15, 2012 at 6:20 PM

After cruising the Latino channels on cable, I can tell you that this didn’t get Obama a lot. Of course, this is just the beginning as far as they are concerned.

Meanwhile, as the DC reporter so aptly grasped, there are going to be problems with unemployed citizen’s take on all of this.

Bottomline, this was an unforced mistake. This was desperation.

J_Crater on June 15, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Your words, ding dong.
Can’t answer the question?

HornetSting on June 15, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I already did. Didn’t you read it? I think you did.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Yeah, next he can just deem himself the winner of the election. Then he may as well deem his next term will last for life. Hey, why not. He can say “It’s not a dictatorship, it’s just the right thing to do.”

JellyToast on June 15, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Fluke the children.

Barry just added 800,000 illegals to the labor pool at a time when unemployment among law-abiding US citizens stands at 8.2%. Over 380,000* new jobless claims were filed just last week.

This fact is what the GOP needs to hammer home starting about five hours ago.

*Probably 395,000 when it is “unexpectedly” revised upward.

MidniteRambler on June 15, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Your words, ding dong.
Can’t answer the question?

HornetSting on June 15, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I already did. Didn’t you read it? I think you did.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Mish mash, just like your logic.
You’re fun to play with, though.
Now, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop? Hmmmm?

HornetSting on June 15, 2012 at 6:25 PM

It seems Obama is either a liar or a hypocrite….

Oh wait, I knew that already.

annyinboulder on June 15, 2012 at 6:25 PM

conservative_student on June 15, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Yeah, pure snark intended.
The hubris is breathtaking, ain’t it ?
Yikes.

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 6:26 PM

WhatNot on June 15, 2012 at 5:15 PM

And to the blacks who want to work, and have been here for generations. I’ve always hated the expression “what have you done for me lately?” but to any black citizen out there who’s been looking for work, here’s your answer. Time to understand what racism really is, and stand up for yourselves.

waterytart on June 15, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Does this mean unemployment has to be recalculated?

annyinboulder on June 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Killing babies, yes!
Deporting law breakers, no!

SouthernGent on June 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Bottomline, this was an unforced mistake. This was desperation.

J_Crater on June 15, 2012 at 6:20 PM

i’m thinking this was a timing issue….i think barry has a pile of EOs that he will sign when the time is right

Sunday is Romney’s first Sunday show. So what’s barry to do…he doesn’t want Romeny to spend 10 minutes trashing the barry.economy…so he does this instead.

Now, Bob S. can spend gobs of time talking about what mitt would do.

1. Rubio approach
2. Self-deportation…have you fliped on this yet?
3. If elected will mitt reverse the EO?????

so barry set the table for Bob to hammer mitt.

not unforced at all….they want to beat mitt so that they have a Mandate…and i think we all know what that means

r keller on June 15, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I believe that Romney just got a lot of union folks who were sitting on the fence.

Vince on June 15, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Would a mandamus action against the Homeland Security Secretary or her employees be appropriate to force them to comply with the law, or does this policy supersede the law?

txmomof6 on June 15, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Well, just as I suspected, National Review, The Hill and Buzzfeed are reporting that Romney and Rubio believe that some illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay. Also, when Romney was asked if he would reverse Obama’s order he did not respond. It is because Romney is such a freakin’ phony that I have not gotten on board to support him.

KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Sheesh. Get ahold of yourself! Romney isn’t going to go off half-cocked. The entire point of this stunt by Barack was to force Romney to say something he and his media stenographers could exploit for the next week. He’s trying to start a diversionary fight, and Romney isn’t taking the bait. I cannot even imagine how pissed off team Obama is right about now that no one in the GOP has gone all nativist berserk on Obama — that’s what they’re hoping for. Romney will have his remarks, probably on the Sunday talk shows (he’s scheduled on one, but I don’t recall which one), and his statement will be a punch right to Barry’s face, likely having to do with what this will do to unemployment and that it’s a disgraceful pandering stunt by Barack which has likely derailed real immigration reform that was making its way through Congress. He will likely say that Barack isn’t interested in immigrants at all beyond throwing them a bone in an election year, and how disgraceful that is. And by now, I imagine Barry has figured that out. He fluked this one up.

After cruising the Latino channels on cable, I can tell you that this didn’t get Obama a lot. Of course, this is just the beginning as far as they are concerned.

Meanwhile, as the DC reporter so aptly grasped, there are going to be problems with unemployed citizen’s take on all of this.

Bottomline, this was an unforced mistake. This was desperation.

J_Crater on June 15, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I agree. They are in full panic mode at Obama HQ. This was pure desperation, transparently so. In the days ahead, as it becomes clear that this has derailed immigration reform because Barack was afraid Republicans would get credit for passing actual reform, it will be a total disaster. The man is just a wrecking ball.

Rational Thought on June 15, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Did I say “who are now under 30 years of age“, I meant “under 60“.

And did I say “who came here before the age of 15“? I meant, “before the age of 50“.

Uh, did I say “had a high school diploma or GED“? I meant “who could at least write their own name“.

Dream on that this will stop here.

profitsbeard on June 15, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Does this mean unemployment has to be recalculated?

annyinboulder on June 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

They’ll warrant a few work permits just for propaganda purposes before the election day. This won’t impact the unemployment rate numbers at all. Do you think Axelrod is stupid like that?

joana on June 15, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Hispanic DREAM………..American NIGHTMARE.

How can he not know that this will cause yet another flood of potentially new illegals coming across the border?

How can he not know that this is the “green light” for the open borders we already have? “CATCH/RELEASE/VOTE”

If he realizes this……….and he has to know what this will do to our culture and America as founded…..how is this not an IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE?

How could an American President that cares about the Constitution be this anti-Representative Republic?

Is this treasonous?

PappyD61 on June 15, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I believe that Romney just got a lot of union folks who were sitting on the fence.

Vince on June 15, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Dear Lord, I do hope so !!

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 6:40 PM

joana on June 15, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Hey there. Manage to talk to people yet without accusing them of being “the type of person to shoot a political figure”?

I would advise people to avoid this one. All she does is accuse you of being either crazy or racist if you don’t agree with the DREAM Act, and if you push her far enough, she’ll label you as a potential killer, as well.

MadisonConservative on June 15, 2012 at 6:41 PM

It was entertaining reading the MSNBC thread on this today. Lots of Democrats saying they won’t vote for O because of this.

conservative_student on June 15, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Yes, it is an act of desperation that has the potential to backfire on Obama in a big way, especially with non-hispanic Democratic voters. Many of them were already unhappy with Obama, but they would have voted for him anyway. Now a lot of those voters may just stay home, or they may actually cast a protest vote for Romney.

AZCoyote on June 15, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Hey, almost everyone:

Think back to just a few days ago, when Barry The Dog Eater said that “the private sector is doing fine” and then went on to proclaim how it was that the “public sector” needed more of our resources.

O.K., then, now consider that the Democrats at Barry The Dog Eater’s bidding are now flustering quickly to create demands upon more demands for more “centers” and “employees” and “programs” and “services” and forms upon forms upon forms upon forms along with more “examiners” and “clerks” and on and on…to “accommodate the demand” of all these Barry-The-Dog-Eater-Green-Visas.

There’ll be centers to apply, there’ll be centers to “counsel,” there’ll be “counselors” and “agents” and parking lots and parking attendants and paid lunches and interpreters and childcare attendants and…

All because of these Barry-The-Dog-Eater-Green-Visas.

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Yeah, next he can just deem himself the winner of the election. Then he may as well deem his next term will last for life. Hey, why not. He can say “It’s not a dictatorship, it’s just the right thing to do.”

JellyToast on June 15, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I was thinking this very thing.

He can simply claim he’s “evolved” so now his Presidency is permanent. At least it’s now ‘the right thing to do’ to just stay in the White House until, oh, you know, the next vacation. But then he’ll be back, particularly since voting is now available only in the inner cities and for certain people who, to quote Michelle, “support Barack.”

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Obowma has provided no job growth so he approves amnesty? Way to sway the unemployed American workers and college voters, sport.

dthorny on June 15, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Yes, we’ll need a lot of new government employees to process all those applications for legal status and work permits. Of course, the government employees will have to verify that the all those illegal alien applicants are really under 30, so they will need to contact the illegal alien applicants’ birth places to verify the birth certificate, and of course they’ll need foreign-language translators for that, and then they’ll need to verify that the applicants actually came to the U.S. before the age of 16, so they’ll verify that by . . . . hahahaha.

Just kidding, of course. The federal government will verify nothing, just like the last time. They’ll just tell the illegal aliens to sign on the dotted line and they’ll pretend that whatever lies the illegals have told are true and then they’ll hand them a green card and a work permit. Oh, and that 800,000 official estimate will turn out to be several million before this is done. Again, just like last time.

AZCoyote on June 15, 2012 at 6:54 PM

MadisonConservative on June 15, 2012 at 6:41 PM

QED !!

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 6:55 PM

AZCoyote on June 15, 2012 at 6:42 PM

We can only hope. New Mexico is one of a couple of states that is still moronic enough to issue illegal immigrants driver’s licenses. Upwards of 70% of New Mexicans want that law repealed and have fought for it. That’s the primary reason Susana Martinez was elected. The Democrat Senate here has so soured the electorate when it comes to illegal immigrants that this is not going to bode well for Obama. We don’t have a lot of electoral votes, but at this point he’s going to need all he can get.

conservative_student on June 15, 2012 at 6:58 PM

The federal government will verify nothing, just like the last time. They’ll just tell the illegal aliens to sign on the dotted line and they’ll pretend that whatever lies the illegals have told are true and then they’ll hand them a green card and a work permit. Oh, and that 800,000 official estimate will turn out to be several million before this is done. Again, just like last time.

AZCoyote on June 15, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Yes, just like last time (Reagan’s worst error in government). I am wondering if Barry The Dog Eater along with the DNC waited ’till this year to work this issue because it’s just enough time now passed since Reagan’s Worst Error that the younger and more recent illegal aliens along with the more pliable, gullible Left have no knowledge of just why Reagan’s Worst Mistake was, indeed, his Worst Mistake.

I’ll see if I can find a link to Ed Meese’s article admitting just to what extent Reagan’s Worst Mistake was just that…

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 6:58 PM

And who will all these new voters (without showing any ID of course) vote for in November? Hmmmmmm, I wonder…..

dentarthurdent on June 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM

AZCoyote on June 15, 2012 at 6:54 PM

PRETEND is the operate word, here, folks !!
The under-informed NOW believe they’d been granted a GIFT.. Right here, right now, 6-15-12 !!!!! !!
Therefore, anything that interferes with that suggestion = deprivation of said gift !
Count it, via crrrrrrrr6 !!

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Here is the ‘right-thing-to-do’….cower, lock your doors and pulls the blinds. Complaining will be painful.

Limerick on June 15, 2012 at 7:01 PM

they’re simply not going to enforce the existing law against a certain class of illegal immigrants

So much for the oath of office.

GarandFan on June 15, 2012 at 7:01 PM

To those who said that I’m talking nonsense about Romney’s pivot on illegal immigration:

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/232969-gop-sen-rubio-says-new-deportation-leniency-is-welcome-news

Rubio clearly states in this article that leniency for some illegals is “welcome news” and good ‘ol Mitt has been quoted today as saying “I agree with Marco Rubio.”

The only reason the GOP is pissed off is because Obama took away their ace in the hole on the latino vote by pre-empting Rubio’s bill. BOTH parties want the same DREAM act deal and you can bet Romney the so-called “hard *ss” on illegal immigration is right on board with the plan.

Romney is nothing but a political whore. If people want to delude themselves about what he is all about, have at it. I want no part of this nominee or either one of these political parties for that matter.

Okay, so now all you loyal party republicans can try to rip me a new one . . .

KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Here’s Ed Meese’s 2006 admission about the “Reagan Amnesty” being Reagan’s worst error…

Reagan Would Not Repeat Amnesty Mistake

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 7:04 PM

I am still waiting to see if BLS will now add these folks to the unemployment roles.

You know, since they are out of the “shadows” and all that tripe now.

Marcus Traianus on June 15, 2012 at 7:04 PM

KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 7:02 PM
Not out to rip you a new one, just hoping to hear your solution to this very sticky subject.
Got one ? Open. … Honest

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 7:06 PM

KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 7:02 PM
Not out to rip you a new one

Not me, either…

BUT, as one voter to another, I hope that Rubio is not named as Romney’s V.P. and I was an earlier supporter of Rubio before discovering more about his remarks and positions.

Romney won me over earlier with his strong position stated in support of law enforcement against illegal aliens and Rubio lost me with his mushy indulgence of an amnesty-by-any-other-name, among other national security problems with Rubio’s statements.

I’ll vote for Romney. I can’t see allowing any more time for Obama in the Presidency, it’s just that bad. So I’ll vote for Romney but I encourage the GOP to steer away from this mushy indulgence for illegal aliens, of whatever age.

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 7:10 PM

FYI: so’s not to be misunderstood .. Not fond of Rubio as VP, either.

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 7:13 PM

KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 7:02 PM
Not out to rip you a new one, just hoping to hear your solution to this very sticky subject.
Got one ? Open. … Honest

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Pambi, based upon your previous response to my posts, you wouldn’t like my answer so I’m not going to bother. I’m not a party first republican. I’m a conservative, and I don’t trade my beliefs for the least worse option. I would love to see both parties go down frankly. Also, I have made it clear on HotAir for some time as to how I am handling this election. I do not care to go over old ground again thanks.

KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I feel your pain about Romney. I supported him fervently in 2008, but then I woke up. He is a coward who does not take a position unless it is poll-tested and calculated to win him something.

I, too, am not real excited about Rubio. He is fast becoming a party tool. I hate it, but it seems to happen to the best of them in Washington.

KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Imagine what our country will look like with 4 more years of Obama. KOTUS will not be worried about the next election.

redridinghood on June 15, 2012 at 7:16 PM

KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Respectfully received.
Conservative, here, as well.
I, too! would prefer some candidate as pure as the wind-driven snow, per my views, BUT !!! ….
Who will possibly beat the Marxist/socialist now in power ?
Who ??
I’m on the side of whomever that might be, pure or not, even though THEY may see more progress toward OUR mutual goal as awhile off.
Are you ??

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 7:22 PM

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 7:22 PM

I’m simply not able to put ignore what is important to me for party politics. There is absolutely no difference between Obama and Romney on immigration, and Romney was supposed to be the tough one on that score. Many on HotAir are in awe at how well Romney is running his campaign. What I see is that the republicans have finally caught up to the democrats in the tit-for-tat war in real time i.e., social media. Unfortunately, it is 4 years too late.

At this time, I am committed to electing conservatives on the ballot in November. I’m not committed to the republican party.

KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 8:18 PM

This guy is slicker and slimier than greased eel.

rplat on June 15, 2012 at 8:19 PM

There is absolutely no difference between Obama and Romney on immigration.
KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Please provide links for me.
Obama = fiat, Romney = steps by steps, no ?.

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Please provide links for me.
Obama = fiat, Romney = steps by steps, no ?.

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Pambi, the end result is the same. The only thing Romney/Rubio is upset about is that Obama trumped them first. The policy platform between the two is the same. If your happy with that, then okay. I’m not.

KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Let’s expel you back to Kenya, Obozo

chai on June 15, 2012 at 8:53 PM

@At this time, I am committed to electing conservatives on the ballot in November. I’m not committed to the republican party.

KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 8:18 PM

I trust that means you will not vote for OBOZO

chai on June 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM

I trust that means you will not vote for OBOZO

chai on June 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM

I trust you are right.

KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Pambi, the end result is the same. The only thing Romney/Rubio is upset about is that Obama trumped them first. The policy platform between the two is the same. If your happy with that, then okay. I’m not.

KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Not on your side, there, dearie.
Methinks ‘our side’ is gobsmacked that a SWORN defender of our constitution just usurped congressional powers, and are busy working out the best ways to deal with these anchor babies WITHOUT crossing their constitutional mandates ( translation : limits).
SOMETHING needs to be done (as with slavery, way back then) WITHOUT crossing limitations, as has Obama.
Romney & Rubio are well aware that they must not cross THAT line !

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Can’t we just impeach this poser yet?

This has probably already been said, but can you imagine….

Never mind I’m sure most of you get it…

And George W Bus was the cowboy president, what a freaking joke.

ccrosby on June 16, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Thanks to Øbama’s power grab, it’s no longer about immigration policy. Now it’s about Constitutional government.

Rep. King is taking it to court for an injunction. Hopefully the gutless GOP will rally behind him.

Personally, I might support a policy along these lines, but I could never support the unConstitutional way it’s being crammed down our throats.

petefrt on June 16, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Anyone know what happened to equal protection under the law?

While police officers have some descresion to cite or arrest at a scene based on the circumstances; governments should not be deciding which laws they want to enforce and which they don’t.

At that point, law enforcement comes at the political whims of politicians who are seeking some political advantage or agenda.

We have immigration laws that are specific. If they are to be changed then it’s up to Congress the change the law, not unelected bureaucrats.

BMF on June 16, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Fiat ain’t just a car to Obama: it’s a way to govern by.

Let me be clear!

Obama Thuckths!

Sorry for the lisp!

Sherman1864 on June 16, 2012 at 6:56 AM

No, this is parole without a trial. My take.

kingsjester on June 16, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Desperate men make desperate moves. What’s up next for Prezzy Dream, building the pipeline? He can’t make them citizens, just try to protect them from the law. He is so far from the Constitution on this no one knows where to begin. When did we go from a nation of laws to being ruled by EOs? Oh, yeah, 3 and a half years ago.

Kissmygrits on June 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

With the unemployment rate for young adults spiraling over 16%, Obama says flooding the labor market with additional 800,000+ illegal immigrants is the right thing to do. Obama has crossed the line from being incompetent and corrupt to being totally insane if he really believes his unlawful attack on our labor force. Desperation is oozing out of every pore in his body. Any American who would support this lunacy is too illiterate to vote.

volsense on June 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Mr. Nail, meet Mr. Coffin.

TimBuk3 on June 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Meet our new Emperor, Barackus Obamus, and watch as he dissolves Congress.

JimGeb on June 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

How long before Obama declares himself President for the next term by Executive Order. He’s starting to look more and more like Chavez.

Dannic on June 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

This isn’t amnesty, it’s the right thing to do

Translation:

These aren’t illegal aliens, they’re potential Obama voters.”

JannyMae on June 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

This isn’t amnesty, it’s the right thing to do

Barky, the THird World Dog-Eating Retard knows the definition of “amnesty” about as well as he knows the definition of “precipice”.

Harvard should lose its accreditation for certifying this outrageous idiot. And every federal cent .. including clawbacks of every federal cent they’ve gotten since Barky, the Third World Retard was there. Bankrupt Harvard, that piece of sh!t joke of a school.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Has anybody seen the movie “Being There” with Peter Sellers? I swear, every time I see our president speak, I think of Peter Sellers in that movie. I think that he arrived at the presidency in the same fashion and that his mental faculties are about on par with Mr. Gardener from the movie. Anyways, if you haven’t seen the movie, it is a beautiful and very subtle movie and it is a commentary on our modern political system. :)

Could you picture if Bush or any other President had tried simply to ignore laws that he didn’t like the Obama has done with The War Powers Act, The Defense of Marriage Act and now the Immigration Laws? The media would have been screaming to high Heaven and impeachment proceedings would have followed. But, of course, for Obama, all you hear is crickets. (I loathe double-standards.)

Why do these socialists always govern by diktat? They always claim to believe in the people, but they don’t believe or trust in them at all. It must be very depressing to have so little faith in mankind.

Luckily, while he acts like an Emperor, he is not one and he will lose the election in November.

Theophile on June 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM

The right thing to do is, Obama and everybody in his administration resign and let somebody that is willing to lead take over. What ever happen to the old adage, “Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way”.

savage24 on June 16, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Theophile on June 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM

The difference is that Chauncey Gardener was a decent individual who had a skill. Barky the Dog-Eater is a malevolent retard who is out to destroy everything of value.

Great movie, I agree. I would add Other People’s Money to the list of must sees, also.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 16, 2012 at 5:01 PM

When you’re up to your ass in alligators it’s difficult to remember the original work order entailed draining the swamp. Of course, the hell with American jobs and kids, eh jagoff?

LizardLips on June 17, 2012 at 6:55 PM

This is not the “right” thing to do, this is actually illegal. You might think it is right because it gets you votes, but Congress needs to get off it’s arse and get on top of this flagrant violation.

SGinNC on June 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM

In the Rose Garden immigration speech, the President said, ” . . . specifically for certain young people sometimes called Dreamers. Now these are young people who study in our schools, they play in our neighborhoods, they’re friends with our kids, they pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one, on paper.”

So Americans citizens and illegals are just separated by a piece of paper? I have heard that before. But I have seen the videos of those same young people tearing down the American flag and raising the Mexican flag. Young American citizens who then take down the Mexican flag are disciplined. A local boy in middle school wanted to have students on Memorial Day wear red, white and blue shirts, but it could not go forward because the principal said that some people could be offended; I wonder who the principal meant. And just how is the government going to determine who of the estimated 800,000 to 1,200,000 16 to 30 year old illegals came here as a child with their parents or who crossed the border on their own? How many will now cross the border to game the system? It is estimated that for the next ten months the increased number of jobs needed to just meet population growth increases from 125,000 to 200,000; and the former number has rarely been achieved. The unintended consequences could be increased unemployment and increased safety net costs because of Obama’s policies for his New Americans.

amr on June 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

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