Obama to immigration groups: I’ll press my executive power to the limit to spare millions from deportation

posted at 11:21 am on July 7, 2014 by Allahpundit

Just making sure that this Major Garrett scoop from late last week doesn’t get lost in the holiday shuffle. Takeaway: Obama’s going big on executive amnesty.

Obama told the groups what they had been dying to hear—that he was going to condemn House Republicans for inaction and set the most expansive legal course permissible to beef up border security, slow deportations of noncriminal aliens, and provide legal status to millions of undocumented workers—all by himself…

Obama made it clear he would press his executive powers to the limit. He gave quiet credence to recommendations from La Raza and other immigration groups that between 5 million to 6 million adult illegal immigrants could be spared deportation under a similar form of deferred adjudication he ordered for the so-called Dreamers in June 2012.

That executive action essentially lifted the threat of prosecution and deportation for about 670,000 undocumented residents—those older than 15 and younger than 31 who had been brought to America before their 16th birthday.

Obama has now ordered the Homeland Security and Justice departments to find executive authorities that could enlarge that non-prosecutorial umbrella by a factor of 10.

The only surprise is the timing. Garrett isn’t firm on it but I get the sense that O’s thinking of making a move sooner rather than later, which would be quite a curveball ahead of the midterms. (Amnesty champion Frank Sharry, who attended the meeting with Obama, said of the timeline “He didn’t seem to give a sh*t.”) The whole point of giving House Republicans time to pass a bill this year, I thought, was so that Democrats wouldn’t have to risk a nasty backlash in November by doing something bold on amnesty by themselves. Maybe the timing is negotiable: If, say, the new ObamaCare rates this fall are bad and the Dems are suddenly staring at a rout, O might decide at that point that he’s got nothing to lose by upending the table politically with an order that effectively amnestizes five million people. If, on the other hand, we get a few more solid jobs reports, he’ll be more inclined to go slow and postpone amnesty until next year. The true target here is 2016, remember, a point that White House officials themselves made to Garrett. The presidency will be in play, Democrats will be on offense in Senate battlegrounds, and Latino turnout will be up. No sense wasting an amnesty mega-pander now if it can be saved for later, especially if Obama still thinks there’s a chance Congress might pass something next year.

I can’t quote more from Garrett but make sure to read down further in the piece for details about Obama — allegedly — warning these same amnesty groups that he needs to stop this recent border surge by young illegals. Money line: “Sometimes, there is an inherent injustice in where you are born, and no president can solve that, Obama said.” That’s an … interesting attitude from a guy who’s now deporting about one-fifth the number of illegals under 18 that Bush was deporting in 2008. Maybe it’s a mitigation strategy. If he moves boldly on executive amnesty this fall, he’ll need something he can point to as evidence that he cares about border security when Republicans start screaming at him. By being “tough” on kids who are crossing into the U.S. now, he gains an enforcement credential he can tout. In other words, when the GOP accuses him of having unilaterally enacted amnesty, he’s going to turn around and claim that what he’s really done is enact comprehensive immigration reform instead — amnesty for illegals who are already here, sure, but also more security at the border to keep new illegals from entering. That position is easier to sell politically, especially when you’re pitching it to a public that seems not to care which branch does what anymore so long as it’s happy with the results.

The added benefit to Dems from all this, of course, will be watching Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, and the rest of the 2016 GOP gang squirm when they’re asked whether they’ll rescind Obama’s executive order if they’re elected president in 2017. The boilerplate response, I assume, will be to dodge the question and say that what they really want to do is replace the order with legislation, which is how immigration reform should have been handled. And what if Congress can’t get together on a legislative deal? What would President Rubio or President Paul or President Christie do then about Obama’s order? That’s the answer I’m eager to hear. Exit question via Conn Carroll: How exactly is Obama being “tough” on young illegals who’ve entered the U.S. this year? Granted, federal law says that those kids can’t be summarily deported but must be processed, released, and given a date for a hearing (which many won’t show up to), but Obama doesn’t give a wet fart about federal law, especially when it comes to immigration. If he wants to show how tough he is and further entrench the principle that the president can do pretty much whatever he wants, why not ignore the law and start busing them back to Mexico anyway?


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Meow, your take?

Bmore on July 7, 2014 at 3:31 PM

As long as this “man-made disaster” (and the man is Obama) continues, call your CongressCritters EVERY DAY and TELL them to TELL (not ask) Obama to:

1. Rescind his 2012 DACA EO.

2. Sign THIS WEEK legislation to reverse the 2008 law
that treats OTM illegal aliens at the border differently than M’s.

3. Publicize this in every newspaper and on every radio station in all of Central America.

fred5678 on July 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

What solid jobs reports? We lost half a million full time jobs last month, with 800,000 part time jobs being created and 600,000 more “newly discouraged”

http://pjmedia.com/blog/your-monday-morning-doom-gloom/
and
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-03/june-full-time-jobs-plunge-over-half-million-part-time-jobs-surge-800k-most-1993

The Great Recession continues apace.

And we are letting in more low or now skilled people to compete with American citizens for jobs?

rbj on July 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM

There are only 4 or 5 major economic indicators and they have all slowly over time been corrupted. When the government controls those indicators then who can claim that the economy is bad? You can say but it’s bad for me and everyone I know, but that’s anecdotal and not supported by the “data”. If you continue to claim it’s bad against all the major economic indicators then you’re simply a conspiracy nut.

Currently, the most important thing the government does is lie. I use to believe that most government economists mistakenly believe that economics is a hard science, but now I realize that they know it’s psychology and this is all an attempt to manipulate perception, because that’s all that counts.

DFCtomm on July 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I can’t find a dictionary with the word “amnestize” in it. Amnesty is a noun. You can grant it but I don’t think you can make it a verb?

Greyledge Gal on July 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

This is one thing I don’t understand… Why does Barack Obama have an 83% job approval rating among black Americans when he’s doing so much damage to them? Particularly when he invites half the third world here…

imperfectamerica on July 7, 2014 at 4:10 PM

No new laws are needed! Enforce existing law. It’s really that simple. Why is this a crisis?

Oh yeah, Democrats need a new race to enslave.

Old eagle on July 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Impeached and hanged for the traitor he is!

redware on July 7, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Calling Congress is definitely helpful, but those who would do something are probably already doing it, and those on the fence won’t do anything unless they hear from tens of thousands of people.

What would be more helpful is discrediting a leading amnesty fan. I.e., reducing their support and impacting their career over their support for amnesty. That will reduce the harm they can do and it will also send a message to other amnesty fans.

For a tangible example, you can search Twitter for those who support RBReich (search for his name and you’ll find plenty of his supporters). Then, converse with one of them and point out how his position harms lower-skilled American workers (tailor your argument to the person you’re talking to).

Another thing to do is to use leverage: shame/coerce someone with access into doing something that will have a greater impact. For a tangible example, ask Garrett (@MajorCBS) when he’ll ask @Cecilia44 (a WH hack) any of the dozens of questions I sent her that she couldn’t answer. When he doesn’t do that, start a campaign to discredit Garrett to his supporters by pointing out that he refuses to call political leaders on their misleading statements and bad policies.

You can call Congress, send NumbersUSA’s FAXes, and so on. But, if even just a few dozen people took out a few minutes each day and did things like the above it would have a much greater impact.

24AheadDotCom on July 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Sedition.

Galtian on July 7, 2014 at 4:43 PM

No new laws are needed! Enforce existing law. It’s really that simple. Why is this a crisis?

Oh yeah, Democrats need a new race to enslave.

Old eagle on July 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM

And Chamber of Commerce members need more cheap labor.

hawkeye54 on July 7, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Why does Barack Obama have an 83% job approval rating among black Americans when he’s doing so much damage to them? Particularly when he invites half the third world here…

1. He is perceived as one of them. His failure would be their failure for supporting a brotha.

2. Free stuff.

3. They haven’t personally been affected by having half of the third world here. Yet. Some already live in neighborhoods with similarities to the third world so they wouldn’t see much change, until the third world Obumbles is relocating here drives black citizens out of the comfort zones of their neighborhoods one way or another.

hawkeye54 on July 7, 2014 at 4:49 PM

This is one thing I don’t understand… Why does Barack Obama have an 83% job approval rating among black Americans when he’s doing so much damage to them? Particularly when he invites half the third world here…

imperfectamerica on July 7, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Do you truly not understand it? The answer isn’t politically correct, but it’s the answer, nonetheless.

Midas on July 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Defund,impeach…

sorrowen on July 7, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Do you truly not understand it? The answer isn’t politically correct, but it’s the answer, nonetheless.

Midas on July 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

He’s a member of their ethnic group. He’s a member of their “tribe”, and that’s all that really matters. This is the future of American politics, so get use to it.

DFCtomm on July 7, 2014 at 5:07 PM


Obama RULE by FIAT

______________________________________

Obama’s LAWLESS disregard for the
CONSTITUTIONAL separation of powers
………………………………………………………….
Democrats will ‘rue the day’ they stood by
while Obama FLOUTED the Law.

This is eroding the RULE of LAW
in a systemic way, time after time.”

( Charles Krauthammer )
______________________________________

Obama who at every turn take a law
he doesn’t like and unilaterally changes it,
from the IRS to immigration to Obamacare.

Obama’s own irresponsible rhetoric has no doubt
encouraged many of those illegal immigrants
now flocking to the border.
………………………………………………………….

Organized Crime
A surge in child migration to the USA,
attributing the jump to organized crime gangs
that smuggle people across the border.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest has
said “criminal syndicates” are fueling the surge
in immigrants by propagating rumors of USA amnesty.

Republicans are blaming the influx of
undocumented children on Obama’s policies,
including a program that prevents youths with
longstanding ties to the USA from being deported.

Texas Governor Rick Perry, said that he’s warned
the Obama administration for more than two years
about unaccompanied children showing up
at the USA-Mexico border.

………………………………………………………….
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/07/02/medical-staff-warned-keep-quiet-about-illegal-immigrants-or-face-arrest/
………………………………………………………….
http://www.nationalreview.com/node/382080/print
………………………………………………………….

Illegal immigrants carrying infectious parasite —
40 cases of scabies — an infectious skin disease
caused by a parasite — have been confirmed.

The released illegal immigrants go out in the
community, get on the public transportation,
go where they need to go, and it could result in
another infestation of scabies being spread everywhere.”
………………………………………………………….

Doctor says Illegal Immigration’s
causing ‘Public Health Crisis’

The recent influx of illegal immigrants is reigniting
worries over diseases, such as tuberculosis,
scabies, dengue fever, measles and even leprosy.

Tuberculosis is reemerging in a dangerous
drug resistant strain, and dangue fever, which
causes fatigue and muscle aches, is emerging in Texas.
………………………………………………………….

Medical Staffers Threatened with Arrest
for Divulging Information on
Illegals’ Medical Conditions

Americans should be very uneasy about the
government’s secrecy in regards to the diseases
and housing situations of the illegal immigrants.

Children and families are coming into the facilities
with measles, scabies, additional viral diseases
and mental health problems.

Medical staffers voiced their concern
after finding out that these children and families
were being moved via public transportation.

“Oh, my God. They’re flying these kids around.
Nobody knows that these children have scabies & lice.”

…………………………………………………………………..
http: //dailycaller.com/2014/07/02/medical-staffers-threatened-with-arrest-for-divulging-information-on-illegals-medical-conditions/
…………………………………………………………………..

Global HAWK on July 7, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Unexpectedly. /

Xavier on July 8, 2014 at 7:20 AM

And this cover picture can be easily tied to previous one and the caption says, “Shush, don’t tell Michell I’ve left.”

MSGTAS on July 8, 2014 at 11:36 AM

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