Plan B on immigration reform for amnesty supporters: Have Obama issue an order granting temporary amnesty

posted at 6:21 pm on August 8, 2013 by Allahpundit

He did it once before for the DREAMers in a cynical but effective bid to drum up Latino turnout before the election. Why wouldn’t he do it again ahead of the midterms, with Democrats desperate to rally their base to hold back a Republican tide? Remember, this is a guy willing to ignore key provisions of his own landmark health-care law, with not even a pretense of having the legal authority to do so, if it’ll help Democrats politically. According to O’s, he’s constitutionally empowered to Do Good For The People whenever he thinks Congress is dragging its feet too much. If that means imposing a mass moratorium on deportations, hey.

So, plan B in case immigration reform collapses in the House: De facto amnesty for illegals for the rest of Obama’s term. This is the amnesty crowd’s shot across the bow of House Republicans to warn them that if they don’t step up and pass something, Democrats via Obama will get all the credit for what happens next instead of just the vast, vast majority of it:

The idea behind the “other track” is to freeze the current undocumented population in place through an administrative order, give them work permits, and hope for a better deal under the next president, with the hope that he or she is a Democrat. It’s a significant gamble, but some advocates—particularly those outside of the Washington legislative bartering system—argue that it’s better than what they stand to see under the legislation being discussed now…

The Obama administration … has already flexed its muscle and shown that it is willing to exert authority to stop the deportation of hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth through its deferred-action program announced last year. The immigrant community argues that there is no reason that this administrative authority cannot expand further to include other “low priority” candidates for deportation—i.e., parents of “Dreamers” or parents of children who are citizens because they were born here, people who are employed, people who are caregivers, and so on…

The same legal reasoning for not seeking deportation for unauthorized immigrants—there is no safety-related reason to do so—applies to other noncriminal aliens, immigration analysts argue. Politically, all President Obama needs is proof that Congress can’t get the job done. That could happen in a matter of months with the Republican-led House still unsure of how it will deal with the undocumented population. (To date, no legislation has surfaced in the House, although there is talk of a limited legalization program for undocumented children.)

The big political target for Democrats in doing isn’t the midterms, in fact. It’s 2016, when the end of Obama’s term will mean the potential cancellation of this policy if a Republican is elected. That’ll hand Hillary (or whoever the Democratic nominee is) a heavy bludgeon to use against the GOP on the stump in front of Latino audiences. Would, say, Marco Rubio vow as nominee to cancel the policy and resume deportations when he and the rest of the Republican leadership will be frantic to claw back some Latino votes from Democrats? The best you can hope for from a Republican under these circumstances is a procedural argument that says unilateral amnesty via executive order is wrong but amnesty passed through proper channels in Congress and then signed by the president is and must be a top priority upon taking office. Realistically, the only thing holding O back from doing it is the possibility that so many undecideds will be angered by it that it’ll backfire against Democrats in the midterms. How likely is that, though, given that the public on balance has been receptive to comprehensive reform? Did Obama suffer for his unilateral DREAM amnesty last year?

You’d better start thinking about this because, although a few House Republicans have started making noise about legalization during the recess, some purple-district Democrats have also started making noise against it. The House might not be able to pass anything, in which case it’s lights, camera, Obama. But what if they do pass something? Over at the Daily Caller, Mickey Kaus makes a provocative accusation: Stalwart border hawk Ted Cruz is making that more likely to happen than not.

Into this void stepped Cruz, who made a bold attempt to rouse a “grassroots army” for the cause of … defunding Obamacare. So instead of haranguing their members about unchecked immigration, hard core red-staters would harangue them about the Democrats’ health care plans. Cruz’s strategy had no hope of actually defunding Obamacare,. By attempting to shut down the government over the issue it had a much greater chance of reviving Democratic fortunes. (I thought Republicans had learned from the past two or three times this tactic failed).

And it might wind up giving us amnesty. Democrats are secretly delighted, of course: with the Tea Partiers distracted, fence-sitting Reps might have enough breathing room in the fall to sneak some kind of mass legalization through–maybe not a full “path to citizenship” for everyone, but Dems could go back and fix that later, once the millions of illegals had been given legal status. As an added pro-amnesty bonus, Cruz was helping to rehabilitate fellow defunder Rubio, giving the latter something to posture about once he became too terrified to even mention his deceptive immigration plan.

Instead of tea partiers rallying at town halls against amnesty, they’ll spend August rallying against funding ObamaCare. (Kaus also knocks Cruz for taking a subdued role in the Senate floor fight over immigration compared to someone like Jeff Sessions, something I’ve noted before too.) Let me play devil’s advocate, though: Since Cruz’s bid to defund ObamaCare looks like it’s going to fail (possibly without even gaining the 41 GOP votes needed for a filibuster) and that’ll end up angering the base, could some House Republicans be forced into a more hardline position on immigration in hopes of placating righties who are disappointed about O-Care? I take Kaus’s point about putting on a grassroots show during the August recess over immigration, but how much more evidence does the average House Republican need to know that voting for amnesty is a risky proposition in a red district? How many “Rubio’s star loses luster” stories have been written over the past two months because of what he did on immigration reform? Arguably, Cruz’s ObamaCare gambit amplifies the base’s immigration objections because it presents an omnibus case that the RINOs in D.C. are selling out conservatives on everything.


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Temporary Amnesty would be like a temporary tax.

TimBuk3 on August 8, 2013 at 6:25 PM

I wish folks would quit describing these events in leftists terms.

Bmore on August 8, 2013 at 6:26 PM

It’s good to be the King.

Joe Mama on August 8, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Buh-bye, Texas.

Good-bye, USA.

Final nail…

ladyingray on August 8, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Jesus obama and this other turd, crybaby Boehner.

Good night America.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2013 at 6:26 PM

The people of the US still believe in the constitution.

The rulers in DC no longer do.

Egypt.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I think the American people are pretty close to issuing an Executive Order directing that Barry be arrested, tried for treason and hastily dispatched.

sartana on August 8, 2013 at 6:28 PM

So I guess we better cave in on Amnesty because Obama is going to grant it anyway, huh? LOL!!!

MaiDee on August 8, 2013 at 6:28 PM

The more power he claims the bigger the Conservative tide…do it, your Highness.

d1carter on August 8, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Republicans, so wrongly named, are the stupidest people on Earth.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2013 at 6:30 PM

You’d better start thinking about this because, although a few House Republicans have started making noise about legalization during the recess, some purple-district Democrats have also started making noise against it.

Purple-district Democrats are being allowed to make noises against immigration reform because it is going to pass. Pelosi will allow her purple-staters a no-vote to look good in their districts even as the thing passes.

Mr. Arkadin on August 8, 2013 at 6:32 PM

man that was a lot of words!! whew!

The only people that are clamoring for amnesty are illegals and dem pols. Mickey Kaus and National Journal and ABC and all of the libs writing about this are running in your world Allah, they’re not out here in ours. I don’t know any blacks in Houston that think its a good idea save maybe SJL and she is getting some pushback about it.

Make it your hill to die on Obama. That’s fine by me.

Personally I think the GOP house should piecemeal what they can with the dems in the senate and then stop dealing. Boost interior and border enforcement, cut out the birth right citizenship deal, register all illegals that want to be considered for normalization, etc. And then quit. That’s how dems do it.

DanMan on August 8, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Fine so let obama do it on his own. Just as long as the gop doesn’t do it for him.

Jack_Burton on August 8, 2013 at 6:33 PM

D.C. should be moved entirely to Nairobi where it belongs. They are all traitors and sympathizers. They all need to go.

HomeoftheBrave on August 8, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Hey, you know that beacon on the hill? It’s been snuffed out!

OldEnglish on August 8, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Uh no, AP. Even Obama would never go there. He got away with the employer mandate delay because people hate Obamacare, so postponing any portion of it won’t ruffle too many feathers. But a majority of the country is opposed to blanket amnesty. And even if a slight majority of Americans are fine with a pathway to citizenship, that’s only AFTER the border is secured and illegals presumably jump through a lot of hoops(over a lengthy period of time).

If Obama were to do this, 2014 and 2016 would be a bloodbath for Dems. They’re gonna have a hard enough time defending Obamacare and the perpetually stagnant economy. You think any of them want amnesty dumped in their laps as well?

Doughboy on August 8, 2013 at 6:35 PM

What a weak and hapless crew. Lets give up. It won’t work. We can’t multitask. It will look bad come election time. You know what and who you are. I would be banned to say what I think of you aloud. I hope you fall the way of the Whigs you worthless, worthless pukes.

Bmore on August 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Ace is finally where I am.. it’s time for the.Republican party to die and a new, truly constitutional party to rise from its remains.

njrob on August 8, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Yep, we ought to just make Obama dictator and get it over with.

rickv404 on August 8, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Buh-bye, Texas.

Good-bye, USA.

Final nail…

ladyingray on August 8, 2013 at 6:26 PM

It would be, but Zero won’t do it. It’s an empty threat. That’s all he has left.

Putin showed the way.

dogsoldier on August 8, 2013 at 6:40 PM

How about temporary insanity for the electorate, and redo the 2012 election?

The Rogue Tomato on August 8, 2013 at 6:41 PM

I think the American people are pretty close to issuing an Executive Order directing that Barry be arrested, tried for treason and hastily dispatched.

sartana on August 8, 2013 at 6:28 PM

What evidence do you have of that? OTOH, I have plenty of evidence that a significant though still small portion of the ObamiNation are quite close to issuing that EO against their class enemies. After all, they have both local and federal legal cover, while your hypothetical group has neither.

Steve Eggleston on August 8, 2013 at 6:42 PM

It would be, but Zero won’t do it. It’s an empty threat. That’s all he has left.

Putin showed the way.

dogsoldier on August 8, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Point of order – Putin is not a class enemy of Teh SCOAMT’s.

Steve Eggleston on August 8, 2013 at 6:43 PM

How about we get some Members of Congress with some Balls in the midterms. What BO did with the Executive Order was illegal and it needs to be struck down. Where is the lawsuit?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on August 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM

I think the American people are pretty close to issuing an Executive Order directing that Barry be arrested, tried for treason and hastily dispatched.

sartana on August 8, 2013 at 6:28 PM

It would be nice, but I think that only happens in the dark spots of Alex Jones’ wet dreams.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on August 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Time to fight fire with fire, and Executive Orders with Executive Orders…from Governors. Three of the four border state Governors are Republican (Perry of TX, Martinez of NM, Brewer of AZ) and the only Democrat border-state Governor is Moonbeam of CA, and there’s not much land area on the Mexican side of the CA border.

Could the Governors of TX, NM, and AZ issue Executive Orders by which state police could detain any illegal alien arrested for violation of some other law, without turning them over to the Feds?

It would be a long way for Eastern Mexicans to Eldorado en Alta California, and for those willing to make the trip, California always votes Democrat anyway.

But in a battle of Executive Orders, could an EO from Obama trump states’ rights, or would Obama have to take the case to the Supreme Court, which bases its decisions on laws passed by Congress?

Steve Z on August 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

By the term “LAW”……..do you mean what Obama SAYS the law is?

‘Cause last time I checked he can do anything and he’ll have NO EFFECTIVE OPPOSITION from the gop.

So yeah go for it Constitution killer!

PappyD61 on August 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

It’s good to be the King.

Joe Mama on August 8, 2013 at 6:26 PM

At some point you have to say that he just can’t do that. He isn’t King and if he’s to try to be one than that is tantamount to taking over the US govt. Is it only the military that can put a check on his unconstitutional power grab?

anotherJoe on August 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Yep, we ought to just make Obama dictator and get it over with.

rickv404 on August 8, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Well, if the president has the power to refuse to enforce immigration laws or Obamacare laws or any laws, for that matter, which are inconvenient, then why not refuse to enforce election laws, allowing mass fradulent votes? That’s one way to get you a D House of Representatives and ensure your successor is also a D.

TXUS on August 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

An executive order amnesty for illegals would do for the democrat party in 2014 what Obamacare did for them in 2010.The whole point of passing amnesty in 2013 is so politicians won’t have to run for reelection with the stench of amnesty in the air.So I doubt an executive order amnesty will happen.

Hera on August 8, 2013 at 6:46 PM

A Royal Decree!
Why didn’t we think of that before?

Another Drew on August 8, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Amnesty executive order-Obama gets funky
‘shake, shiver, quiver’-RINO Surrender Monkey

MaiDee on August 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Could the Governors of TX, NM, and AZ issue Executive Orders by which state police could detain any illegal alien arrested for violation of some other law, without turning them over to the Feds?

Steve Z on August 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

The state and local police already have that authority as to any violation of state law. They can be arrested as any citizen could be for such violations.

So, it would be my hope that if Obama goes nuclear on this, that the law officers in all the border states and counties, stock up on a lot of throw-down guns and baggies of pot and cocaine, which could be found on the persons or vehicles of these illegals, as necessary. Most of the time, that won’t be necessary since they usually bring their own guns and drugs across.

Fight fire with fire!

TXUS on August 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

F*ck it. I hate supposed conservatives saying we have to abandon all principle because if we don’t the Democrats will win more.

CatoRenasci on August 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

If he pulls this, he should be impeached post haste.

WannabeAnglican on August 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM

It’s impeachable. But, of course, nobody gives a damn.

IndieDogg on August 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM

There will be hell to pay if King Barry starts issuing “Executive Clemency” to illegals.

GarandFan on August 8, 2013 at 6:56 PM

I hope he does it. It would pretty much kill all red state senators up for election.

Buh-bye, Texas.

Good-bye, USA.

Final nail…

ladyingray on August 8, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Let’s not be absurd. A. Amnesty isn’t citizenship and these people wouldn’t be able to vote legally. B. Texas is not California, citizenship would not swing the state. It would make elections closer, but it wouldn’t create a 10 point swing, which is what would have to happen.

cpaulus on August 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Trial balloon to see how wobbly the GOP “leadership” is.

SouthernGent on August 8, 2013 at 6:58 PM

It’s impeachable. But, of course, nobody gives a damn.

IndieDogg on August 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM

The problem isn’t with nobody, the problem is with the Senate. Even if the House did impeach, the Senate won’t do anything, because of the Dem majority. We’d have a Clinton replay. We need to get a majority in the house, and have the Speaker grow a set.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on August 8, 2013 at 6:58 PM

We need to get a majority in the Senate, and have the Speaker grow a set.

oops, corrected.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on August 8, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Primary every one of them. Kick the bad ones to the curb. Impeachment.?!?! Are you kidding? These bums we as individuals State by Statel have ended up sending the worst of fools to Washington.

Bmore on August 8, 2013 at 6:59 PM

State

Bmore on August 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

“Have Obama issue an order granting temporary amnesty”

…HEY, WAKE-UP – he’s ALREADY DONE THAT !!!!!!!!!!

TeaPartyNation on August 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Let Hussein do it , why does the GOP want to aid in his
anti-American activities ?

burrata on August 8, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Let’s not be absurd. A. Amnesty isn’t citizenship and these people wouldn’t be able to vote legally.

Baaawwwwwhahahhhhaaaahhhaaa :O :O

B. Texas is not California, citizenship would not swing the state. It would make elections closer, but it wouldn’t create a 10 point swing, which is what would have to happen.

cpaulus on August 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

TX will be CA before 2016.
Mexico will make sure of that.

burrata on August 8, 2013 at 7:12 PM

I would love to have Obama and the Democrats take all the “credit” for betraying America and selling out working Americans. Good riddance to the Democrat Party!

FloatingRock on August 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

The problem isn’t with nobody, the problem is with the Senate. Even if the House did impeach, the Senate won’t do anything, because of the Dem majority. We’d have a Clinton replay. We need to get a majority in the Senate, and have the Speaker grow a set.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on August 8, 2013 at 6:58 PM

You’d need at least 75 in the Senate – remember the Pubbies had a 5-seat majority in 1999 and couldn’t get to 51.

Steve Eggleston on August 8, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Hey, you know that beacon on the hill? It’s been snuffed out!

OldEnglish on August 8, 2013 at 6:34 PM

obama blew it out, purposely.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM

I hope Obama does this. We’re screwed either way, so better he show everyone once more how he believes he is king than have the supposed ‘opposition’ support something that will ultimately give more votes to the Dems anyway.

changer1701 on August 8, 2013 at 7:37 PM

The immigrant community argues that there is no reason that this administrative authority cannot expand further

No reason — except that the U.S. constitution does not give Obama the “administrative authority” to stop the deportation of illegal aliens. Obama has already admitted that, and a federal district court reached that same conclusion in a case brought by the Border Patrol (which was subsequently reversed on the basis of standing — not on the merits).

If the states, particularly the southwestern states that are overrun with illegals, don’t stand up to this tyranny then we may as well stop pretending that this government is anything other than a dictatorship.

Either the constitution and the rule of law mean something, or they don’t. If the political advantage of whatever party holds the White House is all that matters now, then this country is well and truly done.

AZCoyote on August 8, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Lets just have Obama issue orders on everything. He could start by issuing an order that his current term will be extended for 20 years. Then he could issue an order dissolving congress and the Supreme Court. Next.. issue an order making a new flag (A big blue one with his picture in the middle) and a new constitution. It could just be one sentence… “What ever Obama says is law.”

I honestly think the media would be OK with that and low info voters would think it’s no big deal.

JellyToast on August 8, 2013 at 7:48 PM

We are no longer a country of laws.

p0s3r on August 8, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Why doesn’t some federal judge strike down all border security and illegal alien definitions under the new “improper intent” precedent? After all the only reason the law declares them illegal citizens us to harm their dignity. Think of all the children of illegals who’s dignity is harmed by this inhumane status?

It works for The Gays.

p0s3r on August 8, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Leave it to the Dems to turn our country from a shining city on a hill to a Tijuanna flop house.

HotAirian on August 8, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Tis a shame there is no opposition party.

Mr. Arrogant on August 8, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Law? What law?
“Stroke of the pen…Law of the land.”
I forgot who said that.
Maybe it was Mao or Stalin…

shorebird on August 8, 2013 at 10:57 PM

“…an omnibus case that the RINOs in D.C. are selling out conservatives on everything.”

BINGO

shorebird on August 8, 2013 at 11:05 PM

When does a Tyrant finally get called a tyrant by those who have sworn to uphold the nation’s laws?

Obama is a petty tyrant aiming to become a full-bore dictator.

The example of Mohammad from his upbringing is Barack’s core icon.

Despot, liar, fool.

And the lickspittles and cowards in the media and government bend over and say: “More KY Jelly, Barry?”

This it tyranny.

He spits on his oath of office.

profitsbeard on August 9, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Did Obama suffer for his unilateral DREAM amnesty last year?

We will know that in Nov ’14. How did YOU think we were to get that answer, from a CBS poll, reported by Chrissy Matthews?

Dirty Creature on August 9, 2013 at 8:43 AM

I’m old enough to remember when leftists were afraid of an imperial Presidency.

Chris of Rights on August 9, 2013 at 8:54 AM

I pray that if he does this the pitchforks and torches come out. If he dares this I pray we have crowds like in Egypt. If he dares do this do we respond or just watch while America turns into a 3rd world s–t hole?

neyney on August 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM