Republican leader and House Speaker John Boehner has quoted the President 22 times when the president said that he could not act unilaterally on immigration. That does not preclude the President from taking some actions that are within his authority since Congress has failed to act and the need to act persists. So, today, President Obama will take action. Doing that will ignite a fuse for the GOP to initiate whatever legal retaliation they want to take.
Predicted, as was in the case of the Affordable Care Act, the courts will determine that Obama is legally correct. One reason why Obama wins is because he is a trained Constitutional lawyer and intellectually superior to his untrained and incompetent opposition. The GOP has had the ball on immigration reform in the House after the Senate passed the bill. All that they had to do is to debate, amend, and pass it.
Speaker Boehner, a most unqualified person to have held his incumbency, will struggle, throw tantrums and maybe even cry a little over this. However, President Obama’s compassion for 6 million working illegals and 68,000 border children whose parents are already in America will carry the conscience of America.
Let the facts play out, and this issue may become a tipping point upward for the President.
According to one report, a poll shows that half of Americans oppose amnesty. At one point, half of Americans opposed gay marriage. That changed and so too will Americans realize that the nation is founded on immigrants and equality is for everyone. That’s what it means to be American.
“If ‘Emperor Obama’ ignores the American people and announces an amnesty plan that he himself has said over and over again exceeds his Constitutional authority, he will cement his legacy of lawlessness and ruin the chances for Congressional action on this issue – and many others.”
Read the 22 times the Speaker’s Office found Obama saying he could not take the actions many expect him to take as early as this week (emphasis Wolking’s):
1. “I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with [the president] trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America.” (3/31/08)
2. “We’ve got a government designed by the Founders so that there’d be checks and balances. You don’t want a president who’s too powerful or a Congress that’s too powerful or a court that’s too powerful. Everybody’s got their own role. Congress’s job is to pass legislation. The president can veto it or he can sign it. … I believe in the Constitution and I will obey the Constitution of the United States. We’re not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end-run around Congress.” (5/19/08)
3. “Comprehensive reform, that’s how we’re going to solve this problem. … Anybody who tells you it’s going to be easy or that I can wave a magic wand and make it happen hasn’t been paying attention to how this town works.” (5/5/10)”