I did not watch President Obama’s amnesty speech last night. However, I did read it this morning and would like to share my thoughts on it with you.
Obama is in fine disingenuous form. Obama says “our immigration system is broken — and everybody knows it” and then a minute later says, “Overall, the number of people trying to cross our border illegally is at its lowest level since the 1970s. Those are the facts.” On one hand, the immigration system is broken, but on the other hand, it is working better than ever before.
The President tells us he’s taking this action because the GOP controlled House of Representatives would not permit a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. He then went on to tell the House to “pass a bill.” Does anyone think for a moment that Obama wouldn’t veto an immigration bill passed by the House?
Obama also claimed, “Most Americans support the types of reform I’ve talked about tonight.” Well, most Americans certainly don’t approve of the manner in which he is bringing about these reforms. Indeed, according to an NBC/WSJ poll released earlier this week, 48% of Americans oppose President Obama’s decision to take executive action on immigration as compared to 38% who approve.
Let us remember that Obama repeatedly told amnesty activists he could not take such action on his own. But Obama does as he pleases. With Obamacare, he has unilaterally and repeatedly delayed the individual and employer mandate and when people couldn’t keep the health car they liked, he allowed state insurance regulators to restore cancelled policies knowing full well they could not such thing. So why should Obama behave any differently where it concerns amnesty? Why would he let a little detail like The Constitution get in his way? He is on a mission to transform the country.
But what Obama has also done is put the ball in the court of the incoming Republican Congress which appears far from unified as to what to do. Do they shut down the government? Take him to court? Censure him? Impeachment? Or is there another solution? If Republicans are unable to come up with a viable response that unifies them then this usurpation of power could work in favor of Obama and improve the fortunes of Democrats in 2016.