Obama: It’s “not an option” for me to take broader action on amnesty via executive order if Congress doesn’t act

posted at 4:01 pm on September 18, 2013 by Allahpundit

He’s being asked here specifically about halting deportations for the parents of DREAMers, not about a wider legalization of all illegals of the sort that immigration reform fans keep pestering him about. And yes, I realize that he’s dismissed the idea of unilateral executive action before and then gone and done it anyway; strictly speaking, nothing he says here is novel or particularly credible. The timing of it is significant, though. The last time he was asked about executive amnesty, the prospects that Congress would pass something were reasonably good. He could afford to take the uncharacteristically modest “no, it wouldn’t be right for me to act” line, if only because a bold proclamation of authority could have alienated Republicans and screwed up Schumer’s efforts to shepherd something through. Now, though, there’s less holding him back. Immigration reform seems to have stalled in the House — however temporarily. If he wants to spur them into passing something that they can live with, threatening to do amnesty himself (as Marco Rubio and Raul Labrador keep warning about) is one way to do it. Instead, likely sensing that the political climate just isn’t right to try something like this, he sounds as reluctant as ever. Actual quote: “My job in the executive branch is supposed to be to carry out the laws that are passed.” Who is this guy and what has he done with Barack Obama?

Note, by the way, that his explanation for why it was fine to grant DREAMers de facto amnesty by executive order but not the rest of the population is completely half-assed. There’s no legal reasoning to it at all; he’s reduced to arguing simply that DREAMers are sympathetic and therefore it’s kinda sorta okay for him to do them a favor. Which, contra the above, is very characteristic: Obama’s decision not to enforce Obama’s employer mandate also came conveniently without any attempt at a legal justification. His executive power grabs are “honest” ones in the sense that he makes no pretense anymore of hiding how arbitrary they are. The president has authority to ignore the mandate because … the mandate would cause businesses problems, and he has authority to stop deporting DREAMers because … they’re really nice and hopeful, but beyond that his job in the executive branch is to carry out the laws that are passed. Only a wingnut could fail to see the logic in that.


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Sheesh, he’s no an emperor, after all.

Conservatives, you “victimized rats” you…Jennifer Rubin

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Please. As if that will stop him.

natasha333 on September 18, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Is this man capable of one single coherent thought stream when he is off the teleprompter?

That BTW is a rhetorical question.

Johnnyreb on September 18, 2013 at 4:05 PM

The only executive action I want to see from the dog eater is a resignation.

Murphy9 on September 18, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Yeah, and if I liked my insurance I could keep my insurance.

antipc on September 18, 2013 at 4:06 PM

“My job in the executive branch is supposed to be to carry out the laws that are passed.” Who is this guy and what has he done with Barack Obama?

Fu*ker of the constitution, you will be paid back…so will the land which gave you all. You’re ruined all that was put on a platinum platter for you, narcissistic fool. You are most transparent, in thuggery and propaganda.

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2013 at 4:06 PM

You’re You’ve ruined

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Actual quote: “My job in the executive branch is supposed to be to carry out the laws that are passed.” Who is this guy and what has he done with Barack Obama?

Heh!!

ted c on September 18, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Only a wingnut could fail to see the logic in that.

Don’t even try this on the troll-brains. It’s way too complex…er, nuanced.

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2013 at 4:10 PM

The president has authority to ignore the mandate because … the mandate would cause businesses problems, and he has authority to stop deporting DREAMers because … they’re really nice and hopeful, but beyond that his job in the executive branch is to carry out the laws that are passed. Only a wingnut could fail to see the logic in that.

It’s clearly raaaaaacist for Americans to expect the nation’s chief law enforcement officer to actually obey the nation’s laws.

AZCoyote on September 18, 2013 at 4:11 PM

PC has ruined a once glorious, though flawed, land.

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2013 at 4:11 PM

This swine should never use the word “constitution” in any context.

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Weird. Very weird.

I think it’s actually scarier when these people start talking near-sense. Makes me look for the guy behind the curtain with the shiv in his hand.

Missy on September 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Hope ‘n Change dropped to the ground like a flock of turkeys.

If you fly with turkeys, you land like them.

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2013 at 4:13 PM

I guarantee if he had the house the EO would have been issued with a terse “I WON” The only thing keeping the lion at the gate are a few Republicans in the house and Ted Cruz in the senate. Here’s hoping that 2014 adds the senate to the R column as well. Hopefully with less RINOs

neyney on September 18, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Hey maybe Hussein will just issue a fatwa EO giving voting rights to all illegals ! That way he can say that he didn’t give them amnesty, he just did what was fair for all those highly skilled self-reliant illegals who pay taxes :O

burrata on September 18, 2013 at 4:15 PM

He must reeeeeeally be thinking Boehner will pass something, and you know what? He’s probably right :(

Ukiah on September 18, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I had a very Liberal individual ask me the other day if I thought something was wrong with Obama’s head. I’m guessing they were referring to psychological and not physical. So, I replied many people have big ears.

DDay on September 18, 2013 at 4:18 PM

…he’s the phucking president!

KOOLAID2 on September 18, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Meanwhile, Cal is declaring themselves a sanctuary state and will issue state identification for all previously called ‘illegal’!

Cal welfare offices, manned by La Raza, will sign these illegals into every possible welfare program.

Obama only needs to wait for the courts to declare that the ‘newly documented’ have voting rights.

Of course, with non-citizens now manning the voting booths, motor voting registration process in place, and unaccountable mail-in ballots, there is actually NOTHING to stop these illegals from voting IMMEDIATELY!

Freddy on September 18, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Imagine what the Republicans could be doing right now if they only had the brains and the guts.

cynccook on September 18, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Actual quote: “My job in the executive branch is supposed to be to carry out the laws that are passed.”

So when was the law for Fast and Furious passed ?
Or a law for targetting the TEA party patriots ?

burrata on September 18, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Imagine what the Republicans could be doing right now if they only had the brains and the guts.

cynccook on September 18, 2013 at 4:23 PM

And some balls – Ted Cruz has the only set in D.C. right now…….

redguy on September 18, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Haven’t we learned by now? It makes absolutely no difference what he says about anything.

rrpjr on September 18, 2013 at 4:31 PM

There are going to be a lot of p!ssed-off hispanics.

Didn’t he just promise them a few months ago that he would do whatever it takes to grant them amnesty, even if that meant by EO?

Another promise broken. When will people learn?

UltimateBob on September 18, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Don’t listen to what he says, but what he does.

I expect a few executive orders right before he leaves office.

portlandon on September 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Obama: It’s “not an option” for me to take broader action on amnesty via executive order if Congress doesn’t act

Translation: After the Putin affair, I’m too chicken-sh!t to act on my own. I’ve got a legacy to protect.

Rovin on September 18, 2013 at 4:36 PM

I’m surprised Obama hasn’t disbanded Congress by executive order by now. I’m sure it coming.

Axion on September 18, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Is he an example of early drug use damaging a young brain?

vityas on September 18, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I expect a few executive orders right before he leaves office.

portlandon on September 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM

And a whole slew of pardons for his cronie buddies.

Rovin on September 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Hah

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2013 at 4:39 PM

obama lost the unions, now seniors and Warren Buffet on obama’care’.

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM

No executive action on Syria, and now none on this? Where is the real Barack Obama??? Or should I say, why couldn’t this Obama have been President for the prior 5 years…

eski502 on September 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM

How can this man have any credibility at all? I don’t believe a single word that comes out of his mouth.

TarheelBen on September 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Sorry MontanaMmmm…you beat me to the arrest news…just now saw…good going.

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Hope ‘n Change dropped to the ground like a flock of turkeys.

If you fly with turkeys, you land like them.

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2013 at 4:13 PM

“As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly”

- Another failure of an executive

Kafir on September 18, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Awwww. Sad Puppy Obama.

Rational Thought on September 18, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Well, why would he act alone to legalize them? Democrats don’t care if the illegals immigrants can stay or not. They don’t care if they live or die. They only care if they can *vote*.

That’s the whole point of this legalization enterprise: 12-20 million new Democrats. The only people who are dumb enough to think otherwise are, as usual, Acela RINOs.

Giving the illegals voting rights has to be done by Congress. If Obama lets them stay, that will kill momentum for further amnesty, leaving the Democrats with nothing as far as they’re concerned.

HitNRun on September 18, 2013 at 4:53 PM

And some balls – Ted Cruz has the only set in D.C. right now…….

redguy on September 18, 2013 at 4:29 PM

If Sarah Palin became the next Senator from Alaska, then there’d be two sets…

Kafir on September 18, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Thing is that Obama often says one thing and does another. The problem is that the supposedly free press does nothing about it because they are too busy carrying his water.

besser tot als rot on September 18, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Obama:

It’s “not an option” for me to take broader action on amnesty via executive order if Congress doesn’t act

Lucy…football..Charlie Brown.

Mimzey on September 18, 2013 at 4:59 PM

OT Ochit lol
http://freebeacon.com/muslim-brotherhood-official-former-clinton-foundation-employee-arrested/

MontanaMmmm on September 18, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Hmmmm…muslim brotherhood…just like Huma !!

burrata on September 18, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Of some note:

He lies, has lied and will lie more.

The CO2 fraud has come undone yet there he is,, ME AND THE EPA, will rule over you all and you will not be able to do crap about it.

He is a lie, the Democrats are a lie, lies kill.

Truth will out live them all.

For now understand we have three more years of lies.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 18, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Sounds like the Trumpka boys and the purple shirt commies are getting to the Musloid sympathizer in Chief.
.
No way are rank and file please with aggressive importation of cheap labor…. especially when they see their HC benefits being attacked.
.
El Karma.
(That’s the spanish translation for…”I think we effed ourselves”)

FlaMurph on September 18, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Well, AP, this could be a real disappointment for you, if there is no amnesty! At least you and BHO can commiserate with one another!

tomshup on September 18, 2013 at 5:18 PM

He’ll do what statists do and behave according to the Dem party line. So will the RINOs. Remember — Obama can’t stand being told, “No.”

Liam on September 18, 2013 at 5:32 PM

I think everybody is missing the point – What he is saying is that he is drawing a RED LINE on executive orders.

alQemist on September 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Oh yeah. Order yours today.

BobMbx on September 18, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Imagine what the Republicans could be doing right now if they only had the brains and the guts. cynccook on September 18, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Or, just one or the other.

Akzed on September 18, 2013 at 6:12 PM

OT Ochit lol
http://freebeacon.com/muslim-brotherhood-official-former-clinton-foundation-employee-arrested/

MontanaMmmm on September 18, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Hmmmm…muslim brotherhood…just like Huma !!

burrata on September 18, 2013 at 5:01 PM

The MoBro has infiltrated the federal government and other critical organizations.

slickwillie2001 on September 18, 2013 at 6:18 PM

The liberals will rue the day. Karma with a vengeance.

CW on September 18, 2013 at 6:20 PM

THE LAW IS WHAT THE KING SAYS IT IS!

GarandFan on September 18, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Obama: It’s “not an option” for me to take broader action on amnesty via executive order if Congress doesn’t act.

Do it, and let’s impeach your sorry Communist arse. And if Boehner won’t do it then we’ll remove the entire gop leadership until we find someone that will.

If you think he won’t do it through E.O. then you’re wrong, wrong, wrong.

He loves a crisis.

PappyD61 on September 18, 2013 at 8:39 PM

And some balls – Ted Cruz has the only set in D.C. right now…….

redguy on September 18, 2013 at 4:29 PM

…Mike Lee…Utah Senator has a set

KOOLAID2 on September 18, 2013 at 9:09 PM

This sounds more like a deal was made with Trumka et al the other day. No amnesty if the unions keep eating the crap sandwich of HCA. We are all Walgreens now or soon will be!

Kissmygrits on September 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM