New DHS chief hints: Maybe we have more legal flexibility on relaxing deportations than we thought

posted at 5:21 pm on April 9, 2014 by Allahpundit

A quick memory-freshener from Conn Carroll. “DACA” stands for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” a.k.a. the executive moratorium for DREAMers that O rolled out in 2012 to goose Latino turnout that November.

True to form, with a new election looming and Democratic enthusiasm dangerously low, it’s time for DACA II.

Today members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with the head of the Department of Homeland Security and presented him with a memo outlining their demands for executive action. That memo urges DHS chief Jeh Johnson to do everything in his power to suspend or delay the deportation of those who would be impacted by the Senate immigration bill — for example, by expanding the deferred prosecution of DREAMers to include their relatives.

Three lawmakers who were at the meeting with Johnson tell me they were pleased with what they heard. They suggested they came away convinced that the administration is re-evaluating its previous views as to the limits on Obama’s legal flexibility, though they cautioned that no specific promises were made.

“My impression was that he is going to change policies to cut the number of deportations, but that the number is not going to be where we would like it to be,” one Member of Congress who was at the meeting told me. “I took away that he’s going to revamp the policy.”…

“He’s thinking in big ways,” this Member said, adding that his impression is that “there are going to be some intermediate steps coming.”

I like the idea of crafting executive policy based on a bill that hasn’t even become law yet. We should do that too. The next GOP president should refuse to collect taxes on the rich beyond a certain amount in anticipation of a tax-reform deal that may or may not eventually be struck in Congress. Just helping people plan for the future, don’tcha know.

Anyway, O’s spent the past year shooing lefties away on immigration by claiming that his authority to act unilaterally only goes so far — a soundbite you rarely hear from him in other matters, especially ObamaCare. Now, go figure, he’s changing his mind. My theory on this was, and is, that the White House went too far in promoting its deportation numbers (which are exaggerated) in order to reassure border hawks that Obama would dutifully enforce the security provisions of a comprehensive immigration deal. The more he touted his deportation cred to give Boehner some cover to pass something, the more it irritated amnesty fans on the left, to the point where he’s now forced to formally relax his policy — which has already been pretty darned relaxed in key ways. Greg Sargent wonders if Obama moving on deportations might convince the House GOP that they’d better hurry up and pass something before Dems get yet another round of credit among Latino voters. Answer: No, if anything, Republicans will sense that another unilateral executive move will further motivate conservatives to turn out this fall. They’re happy to stand by and let him do it. In a midterm election, they’ll take their chances pitting their base against the Democrats’; it’s 2016 that worries GOPers, not this year. It’d be nutty, if O extends the moratorium on deportations, for Boehner to defuse conservative anger by ratifying Obama’s order with a new bill.

What you should worry about here isn’t that the House will pass a bill tomorrow, it’s that Obama can set a precedent that a new Republican president will be loath to reverse. Doing nothing on immigration is one thing; the GOP might be willing to risk that in the near term for the reason I described above. Doing something splashy to remove illegals at a faster clip, though, is something else altogether. Once O issues DACA II and sets a new baseline on deportations, a Republican president’s departure from it will be treated by lefties as some sort of pogrom against Latinos. No GOPer will dare risk that unless/until there’s a comprehensive immigration deal in place to provide political cover. That’s really why amnesty fans want Obama to do something here, I think. The sooner he acts, the sooner a new baseline is locked in.


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They suggested they came away convinced that the administration is re-evaluating its previous views as to the limits on Obama’s legal flexibility, though they cautioned that no specific promises were made.

When a tyrant isn’t opposed, he will expand his abuses of power.

Athos on April 9, 2014 at 5:24 PM

When does the US Government start busing them in and giving them the write vote?

Oil Can on April 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Impeach.

bluegill on April 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

New DHS chief hints: Maybe we have more legal flexibility on relaxing deportations than we thought

I don’t know about legal but they certainly have a ton of political flexibility. Nevermind that power and authority are two entirely different notions.

Fenris on April 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Oil Can on April 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM

right to vote….

Oil Can on April 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

We’ll take the senate majority in 2014 and lose it again in 2016. Pair that up with Hillary in the WH and Harry Reid back as Senate majority leader and waddaya got?

butch on April 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

What’s love got to do with it? (Play it, Tina).

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

….. USA
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….. Mexico
.

TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!

El_Terrible on April 9, 2014 at 5:40 PM

OBOZO to Jeb: I’m gonna commit an “Act of Love” on America by F-ing it 30+MILLION times via executive action granting AMNESTY.

TeaPartyNation on April 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM

What you should worry about here isn’t that the House will pass a bill tomorrow, it’s that Obama can set a precedent that a new Republican president will be loath to reverse.

Obamacare and the changes, delays, and outright refusal to enforce the law gives any future Presidents the precedent to pretty much do anything they want to.

Johnnyreb on April 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM

You can’t trust anything Obama says.
Haven’t we all learned that by now?

Joseph OHenry on April 9, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Secede now Texas. It is our only hope.

Theophile on April 9, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Fundamental demographic transformation = fundamental transformation.

Charlemagne on April 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM

POS. All the way through.

LASue on April 9, 2014 at 6:04 PM

An interview by Gutierrez on Univision (in Spanish) seems to confirm it.
http://noticias.univision.com/article/1914700/2014-04-09/inmigracion/reforma-migratoria/gutierrez-advierte-con-la-reforma-o-actuan-los-republicanos-o-actua-el-presidente

Rep. Guitierrez explains that amnesty has entered a new phase. He asserts that either the House passes amnesty, or the president will sign executive orders (the new phase). Guitierrez says the executive orders will come out in July.

In addition, Gutierrez claims that the DHS chief told him that there are immediate and intermediate steps that he can take to cease deportations. So they are currently in the planning stage of the executive orders.

El_Terrible on April 9, 2014 at 6:06 PM

It’s coming.

The end of the rule of law in this country.

blue13326 on April 9, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Congress doesn’t have the cajones to do anything ……. we are totally absent repubic leadership.

ultracon on April 9, 2014 at 6:09 PM

I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ve been reading the comments section at the NYT on two recent pro-amnesty articles and the comments are overwhelmingly against any amnesty for illegals.I’m talking 85-90% opposed with 600-900 comments.This is in the NYT and some of commentators claim to be democrats or progressives.People really hate amnesty for law breakers with everyone else required to obey the law and pick up the tab. Any amnesty will energize opponents as much or more so then Hispanic amnesty supporters.

Hera on April 9, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Or, an incoming GOP President, using BHO’s precedent for Executive Action, could just rip a page from the Ike playbook and give us Operation Wetback, Part-Dos, and start deporting everyone without documentation.

Another Drew on April 9, 2014 at 6:13 PM

When a tyrant isn’t opposed, he will expand his abuses of power.

Athos on April 9, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Obama is picking which parts of the Constitution are his “Sudetenland”.

The Republican Establishment won’t act to stop him because they feel that after this executive atrocity against the law he will be appeased and we shall have “Bipartisanship In Our Time.”

ConstantineXI on April 9, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Each time that this WH ignores the rule of law and sees that there is virtually no pushback it makes it easier for them to do it in the future. We are slowly seeing the erosion of what made America the great country it once was.

rmkdbq on April 9, 2014 at 6:23 PM

It’s coming.

The end of the rule of law in this country.

blue13326 on April 9, 2014 at 6:06 PM

This works AGAINST Obama too. He’s eroding respect for his OFFICE every time he erodes respect for the law. If he can keep ignoring the Constitution, sooner or later, we’ll ignore the fact that it takes Impeachment by our gutless Congress to remove him from office and/or that he has any kind of immunity against any other procedure to ARREST AND IMPRISON HIM FOR HIS CRIMES!

ConstantineXI on April 9, 2014 at 6:25 PM

it’s that Obama can set a precedent that a new Republican president

A new Republican whaaaat ?
Fugedabotit , never gonna happen .
I t was easier to get rid of Idi Amin ‘s regime than it will be to get rid of Idi Hussein ‘s regime .
We helped Iraq get rid of their tyrant, but no one will help us get rid of the Islamic tyranny that the idiots of this country want so bad.

burrata on April 9, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ve been reading the comments section at the NYT on two recent pro-amnesty articles and the comments are overwhelmingly against any amnesty for illegals.I’m talking 85-90% opposed with 600-900 comments.This is in the NYT and some of commentators claim to be democrats or progressives.People really hate amnesty for law breakers with everyone else required to obey the law and pick up the tab. Any amnesty will energize opponents as much or more so then Hispanic amnesty supporters.

Hera on April 9, 2014 at 6:11 PM

I’d like to believe that, but if that’s true, why would Obama risk riling his own supporters by doing this? That’s why what you saw has to be an outlier.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I want an Article V convention. I want the bastard Kenyan (probably literally true, by the by) impeached and thrown out of office. Both are necessary and correct steps, but it shouldn’t end there. Every state should let FedGov — including the federal courts — know that they no longer recognize FedGov’s authority over them. And give it teeth, by God! Give it teeth! Those who would infringe our liberties should at the very least be thrown in the clink for a day or two, or however long it takes to make FedGov fear the people instead of the other way around!

gryphon202 on April 9, 2014 at 6:40 PM

I’d like to believe that, but if that’s true, why would Obama risk riling his own supporters by doing this? That’s why what you saw has to be an outlier.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Obama has no loyalty to his supporters beyond the bare minimum to hold on to his own power. He will sacrifice anyone and anything necessary to further his own ends.

gryphon202 on April 9, 2014 at 6:41 PM

I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ve been reading the comments section at the NYT on two recent pro-amnesty articles and the comments are overwhelmingly against any amnesty for illegals.I’m talking 85-90% opposed with 600-900 comments.
Hera on April 9, 2014 at 6:11 PM

You’ll see it.
What makes you think that what the people want has any sway over these tyrants? “The people” didn’t want ObamaCare either. They don’t want the thuggish IRS to ruin peoples lives either. They also don’t much give a crap about the global warming scam. So what? Thugs gonna thug, and you will pay. If you think you won’t, well..just don’t go there Buddy.

Mimzey on April 9, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Impeach

Skywise on April 9, 2014 at 6:49 PM

I’d like to believe that, but if that’s true, why would Obama risk riling his own supporters by doing this? That’s why what you saw has to be an outlier.
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It was two articles in the NYTs with the usual sob stories about illegals. The response was overwhelmingly negative.We’ll see if the Dems really want to own Obamacare and amnesty going into an election. Here are the links.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/opinion/sunday/yes-he-can-on-immigration.html?hpw&rref=opinion&_r=0

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/07/us/more-deportations-follow-minor-crimes-data-shows.html?src=rechp&_r=0

Hera on April 9, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Most CORRUPT administration, evah!

GarandFan on April 9, 2014 at 8:30 PM

First off, the congressional Hispanic caucus should be kicked out of the US for trying to get a government entity to go against the law. Second, an armed militia needs to remove these people from government, and throw them all into jail. Just watch what these non American criminals do for votes, especially when they know they are losing. I’m ready to take action myself. As a born and bred US citizen, and taxpayer, this really tears me up inside. American citizens have only one option at this point, and that is to take matters into our own hands.

F_This on April 9, 2014 at 10:44 PM

The Obama team set the precedent with their investigation of the CIA under Bush so where’s the Republican presidential candidate who will promise if elected to investigate this administrations and pursue criminal charges where laws were broken.

Nomas on April 10, 2014 at 6:48 AM