Congress passes immigration laws. The President asks Congress to change immigration laws, Congress refuses. The President then ignores the immigration laws Congress passes. Congress then ignores the fact that the President is ignoring Congress.
President Obama’s decisions to stop enforcing immigration laws began Wednesday and at the same time, the Department of Homeland Security began implementing new policies that created a whole new class of “legal illegal immigrants.” No one on Capitol Hill seemed to notice.
In 2011, in one of his hallmark efforts to pander to radical minorities, President Obama tried to get Congress to change the immigration laws and pass the so-called “Dream Act,” which offered a path to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young illegal aliens. Congress refused.
As The Washington Post’s conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, pointed out, “When subsequently pressed by Hispanic groups to simply implement the law by executive action, Obama explained that it would be illegal. ‘Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. . . . But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written’.”
Subsequently, the exigencies of getting re-elected apparently caused Obama to reverse course and do what he once said he couldn’t do.
So, Obama decided to simply create his own law -- first by refusing to enforce the laws Congress has passed, and then by extra-legislatively creating a whole new class of “legal illegal immigrants.” He's getting away with it because he knows Republicans in Congress will spinelessly stand by.
However, left-leaning organizations aren't just standing by -- they are already gearing up to offer paralegals to help fill out applications and otherwise assist young illegal aliens in applying for the program.
By paying a fee of a mere $465 each, an estimated 120,000 young illegal aliens in Florida alone could be granted what amounts to amnesty through Obama’s decision to simply stop enforcing immigration laws.
What’s more, the federal courts are an unlikely avenue of redress for those who want our nation’s immigration laws enforced. As former Senator Fred Thompson noted in an article in National Review Online, “…Obama did not use an executive order. He simply directed the Department of Homeland Security to ‘reprioritize its enforcement policy’ to, in effect, put everyone else ahead of the DREAM group when it comes to deporting illegal immigrants. This way, he avoids the unprecedented use of an executive order that might even be struck down in court, but achieves his goal…”
At a stroke, by simply doing whatever he wants, Obama has increased the legal population of the United States by between 800,000 and 1 million formerly illegal aliens. Could Congress cut-off funding for this lawless action or otherwise disrupt Obama’s unprecedented refusal to enforce the law? Of course.
Congress could prohibit the Department of Homeland Security from using any funds for this purpose. Congress could eliminate the positions or “FTE” of the federal employees who process the paperwork. Congress could cut-off the phones, takeaway the computers and copying machines, etc... but it won’t.
Congress has apparently become an impotent husk in the face of Obama’s lawless decision to ignore the immigration laws it passed to keep America from being overrun by illegal immigrants. Is there any wonder that public approval of Congress is at a record low of 10 percent?