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Obama Administration Passes DREAM ACT by Executive Memo

posted at 11:07 am on June 25, 2011 by

“A new enforcement memo handed down by the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week has some accusing the White House of running around Congress to implement the DREAM Act – and consequent amnesty for some illegal immigrants – by executive fiat.
The new memo, penned by ICE Director John Morton, directs ICE agents, attorneys and directors to exercise “prosecutorial discretion” – meaning less likelihood of deportation – for illegal aliens who have been students in the U.S., who have been in the country since childhood or who have served in the American military.”  LINK
Morton’s excuse for the memo—”not enough resources”:
Specifically, the memo argues, “Because the agency is confronted with more violations than its resources can address, the agency must regularly exercise prosecutorial discretion.”
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer calls this maneuver a Constitutional breech pointing out that it is Congress’s responsibility to enact laws:
“This is outright lawlessness on the part of the administration,” argued syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on a discussion panel with Fox News’ anchor Chris Wallace. “Whatever the politics of this, we do have a Constitution. And under it, the Legislature, the Congress enacts the laws and the executive executes them. It doesn’t make them up.
“The DREAM Act was rejected by Congress,” Krauthammer continued. “It is now being enacted by the executive, despite the express will of the Congress. That is lawless. It may not be an explicit executive order; it’s an implicit one.”
The Obama administration IS explicitly running an end-run around the will of people and their representative government.  First Libya and now this.  What’s next Mr. President?
Update: It appears John Ransom at Townhall saw this coming.  John posted this on May 12th titled “Crass and Cynical on Illegal Immigration”
“The guy who rushed out to get trillions for banks, big pharmaceuticals and unions, practically ignored the topic of immigration reform when his guys ran Congress for two years and could have written their own version.
Indeed one of his wise-guys from Chicago, Rep Luis Gutierrez recently noted “[Obama] has the power to make things better right now without the Congress having to pass any new laws.”
Yeah, he can just do what he did for gays, unions, Chicago and all of his other cronies: He can ignore enforcing the old laws he doesn’t like. Or maybe he can grant every illegal immigrant a waiver, like he did for his favorites under healthcare “reform.”
And Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit asked “the question“:

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Spreading… Screw the constitution, screw of the voice of the people…

We say, back at you buddy. You and all of your bed partners will face justice. You have pissed on the very people who can and will hold you and yours accountable. Many of my friends tell me this man will not allow elections in 2012. I say with or without elections, these people have grossly underestimated the will of a free people.

Elections have consequences; works both ways as*wipe.

Keemo on June 25, 2011 at 11:21 AM

please tell me you are joking rovin…

is this for real?

cmsinaz on June 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM

First Libya and now this. What’s next Mr. President?

Cap & trade through EPA regulation?

Wethal on June 25, 2011 at 11:32 AM

cripe…talk about a friday afternoon news dump…

this is flippin outrageous!

cmsinaz on June 25, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Spread this around the country folks…
The Liberals own Facebook, but we learned how to use it to spread the truth… Let this news dump spread like a wildfire pushed by 100 mph winds.

Keemo on June 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Where the hell is Congress on this?

darwin on June 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM

I can’t believe how many morons are actually scared that this guy might be re-elected. I’m more scared that we’ll replace him with someone who isn’t much better.

gryphon202 on June 25, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Where the hell is Congress on this?

I’m afraid the political establishment is in on all of this expansion of the Federal government. I’m afraid Republicans and Democrats agree on the talking points that each party delivers to their base in private, while pushing a similar agenda behind closed doors. The biggest expansion of the Feds power over a free people to have ever hit our country is Obamacare. What are our Republicans doing to repeal this historic power grab other than issuing lip service? State by State we are fighting for our rights and our freedom from the Feds.

Keemo on June 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

bho hasn’t done anything since elected that seems legal. He just does as he pleases and no one in dc will challenge him. It appears almost everyone in dc is scared to death of bho and are not doing a blooming thing to stop him! Or could it be both the r’s and d’s agree with everything he is doing and has done? holder sure the heck won’t do anything to stop bho.

letget on June 25, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Where the hell is Congress on this?

darwin on June 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM

I’ve been skimming google and bing all morning Dar trying to find one reaction from a public official—nada—so far.

Rovin on June 25, 2011 at 1:03 PM

This story broke over a week ago on a Friday night doc dump. What took HotAir so long to get to it? This is in no way a slam at you Rovin, but management in general.

Knucklehead on June 25, 2011 at 1:24 PM

And they called Bush Hitler.

Kissmygrits on June 25, 2011 at 1:54 PM

It looks as though America is going to need a Demolition Derby in 2013.

OldEnglish on June 25, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Crickets. Chirpping.


KMC1 on June 25, 2011 at 10:08 PM

You know things are getting bad here when you feel an urge to flee to Venezuela.

Bishop on June 25, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Barack Hussein Obama II: 1st Dictator of the United States of America.

His ascension, sadly, has exposed a hidden flaw in the system – namely that, for an undetermined time, apparently an honest and diligent media was the only thing staving off despotism in America.

cane_loader on June 26, 2011 at 6:54 AM

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