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President Obama’s executive action effectively legalizing up to 5,000,0000 illegal aliens in America is actually a bit of a nothing-burger policy-wize.
Most common-sense conservatives and Republicans don’t have a substanative problem with:
1) Allowing illegal aliens who have lived here for at least five years and who have children here who are U.S. citizens getting themselves right with the law and applying for a green card.
2) Allowing people who arrived here as children five or more years ago to do the same.
It’s really not that big a deal substanatively from a policy standpoint.
If Ronald Reagan were recommending this and went through the proper legislative channels, most of us would not have a big problem with this.
Actually, Reagan did do something like this, with Congress’s approval.
The title of the legislation was the Simpson-Mizzoli Act.
Under this legislation,, it was envisioned that about 4,000,000 illegal immigrants would apply for legal status through the act and that roughly half of them would be eligible.
In other words, about what Obama’s executive order is envisioning.
So the policy substance of what Obama is doing is not a huge deal.
What is a huge deal is HOW Obama is doing it.
He told us he had grown impatient with Congress’s inaction. So he decided to go it alone.
That’s not how our republic works.
In our system, Congress makes the laws. It’s the President’s job to “faithfully execute” the laws of the land.
He’s the executive, not a lawmaker.
Congress is the lawmaking body.
This is how “separation of powers” works — the foundational principle of the American structure of government.
So President Obama went rogue, decided he did not like the law as written. So went ahead and decreed his own law. This is what emperors and dictators do. This is what happens in a banana republic.
The trouble is there is no remedy to stop Obama from doing what he’s doing short of Impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives, followed by a trial in the Senate and a vote of expulsion by the Senate.
This has never happened in the history of our Republic.
It would have happened to Richard Nixon. But he resigned.
Obama knows he’s safe. It would take a two-thirds super-majority in the Senate (67 votes) to expel him from office. That’s an impossible bar.
So Obama is free to do just about anything he wants short of killing a little girl with his bare hands in front of cameras on the White House lawn.
The problem is our system is ill-equipped to deal with a President who acts in bad faith.
For example, the Constitution gives the President the power to pardon criminals.
If President Obama wants, he can pardon every criminal now in prison (including every murderer, gang member, and rapist) and they would be free to go back out on the street to commit their mayhem.
Short of impeachment and expulsion by the Senate, there’s nothing we could do.
Even the case for impeachment in this case would be difficult because technically Obama would not be breaking any laws if he just released every criminal in America’s prison through his Constitutional power to pardon whomever he chooses.
Theoretically, Congress can impeach and expel a President from office if they just view him as grossly neglecting his duties as President, or as grossly acting against the nation’s interest. But technically, he would not be violating any law by pardoning every criminal in America.
President Obama might well decide to pardon every illegal alien living in America.
That’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility, given what he just did.
Now clearly, the Constitution does not envision any President pardoning every criminal in America . . . because that would be just nuts.
But the Constitution doesn’t say he can’t. So technically he can.
So there’s really nothing we can do to prevent Barack Obama from destroying the country — if he wants to.
He can fire every General, Admiral, Colonel, and Major in the military if he wants to. He can move all our military forces and troops to the South Pole as a joke.
And there’s absolutely nothing we could do about it short of Impeachment and a vote of expulsion by the Senate, which requires a two-thirds super-majority vote.
He can also use the IRS and Department of Justice (which he controls) to harass, prosecute, and destroy his political opponents — which he’s been doing. There’s nothing much we can do about that either.
He can also pack the courts with radical leftist ideologues who will rubber stamp whatever he wants to do. He’s basically done that.
So this is a serious question America’s Constitution does not handle well.
What happens when America elects a President who really doesn’t like America very much, who says he’s out to “fundamentally transform” America — who says he’s out to “remake America” . . . and apparently will use any means to do so, whether legal or not?
We’ve never before had a President of the United States who just did not much like America.
We’ve had incompetent Presidents — such as Jimmy Carter and James Buchanan.
Incompetent Presidents can also do a lot of damage to the country. But at least they aren’t purposefully trying to destroy the country.
What happens when we have a President who sees it as his mission in life to knock America down a few pegs, to punish America for being so successful, or even destroy America completely?
President Obama knows that if he can find a way to simply allow Mexico and Latin America to move to America, that’s the end of the Republican Party. He can turn America into a one-party state, like Venezuela or any number of other Latin American countries.
Our system does not have an adequate remedy for a President who decides to go rogue.
Perhaps he can redeem himself at some point. But he sure is displaying some unsound thinking.
I liked his show on FOX.
He did a good job there with his diagrams, helping people connect the dots and showing viewers how Obama was hiring all these Maoists and Communists in key positions — i.e. Anita Dunn (White House Communications Director and self-professed Maoist) and Van Jones (self-professed Communist) and others.
What I liked most about Glenn Beck is he seemed to really appeal to women.
My wife Wanda loved Glenn Beck – used to DVR all his shows on FOX.
She wasn’t at all political. But Glenn connected with Wanda, helped engage her in politics, helped turn her into a conservative.
I’m sure she still likes him.
My three daughters have also been big fans of Glenn Beck.
I think one reason females like Glenn Beck is all the emoting and weeping.
He seems to really care.
I’m not a big emoter and weeper myself, but I can deal with that. If Glenn Beck can appeal to women by emoting and weeping, I’m all for him.
But when I’ve listened to his radio show lately, I really can’t find much of value. I actually like his cohost quite a bit better than Beck. I don’t know what his name is. He’s a young guy who generally makes more sense than Beck has been making lately.
In my opinion, Glenn Beck is talking too much about religion — at least for me.
Sorry, I’m not a Mormon. I’m a traditional Christian. Sometimes I go to Catholic Mass. Sometimes I go to an evangelical Bible Church.
But to me, Mormonism makes no sense. I like most Mormons as individuals. But I’m not going to take spiritual advice from Mormons.
Also, when I tune into conservative talk radio, I want to hear about politics and what Obama is up to. I’m not looking for spiritual guidance.
I get spiritual guidance from the church I attend, also from books I read.
So Glenn Beck’s big push of late is to make a big deal about his Mormon faith and how he’s delivering Teddy Bears, Soccer Balls and, I guess, food and other necessities to the tens of thousands of Central American children who are showing up in U.S. border towns.
Fine. It’s a humanitarian crisis — created by Obama.
But that’s really the point, isn’t it?
The crisis is created intentionally by Obama to achieve his Open Border policy objectives. That is, to destroy the United States of America by transforming the electorate.
So we have this humanitarian crisis — created by Obama. And now we have Glenn Beck — the dupe that he is — lecturing us about how we have a Christian obligation to these children who Obama brought into the country.
Certainly we have a Christian obligation to do what we can for these children — to make sure they don’t starve, that they received medical care, that they aren’t killed or sold as sex slaves by gangs and cartels.
But then we need to send them home.
There really is no other solution, no other answer.
If we say, fine, all of you can stay here, this just sends the message out to the rest of the world that if you find a way to get to America, you can stay in America,
All you have to do is set foot on American soil (by hook or by crook) and you get to stay. You even get to become an American citizen.
You become a voter . . . for the Democratic Party.
And that’s really what all this is about, at least as far as Obama and the Democrats are concerned.
They are trying to create millions of new voters for the welfare state.
But even that’s not quite the point about Glenn Beck, is it?
What Glenn Beck is doing is feeding into the Obama propaganda machine.
If you don’t believe me, ask yourself the following questions:
1) Do we have impoverished American citizens here at home we should be feeding and caring about first?
2) What about the people living in shacks in Appalachia or slums in the Bronx or Chicago’s Southside? Why aren’t they deserving of Glenn Beck’s food, diapers, soccer balls, and Teddy Bears?
3) Shouldn’t we be rushing emergency food to impoverished U.S. citizens and creating shelters for them (due to the Obama economy) before doing this for people from other countries?
4) Do we not have plenty of problems here in America before we start addressing the problems of people from other countries?
5) What is Glenn Beck’s stunt really all about? Why hasn’t he rushed trucks full of stuff to the Bronx or Chicago’s Southside? Why is he less concerned about impoverished Americans than impoverished Guatamalans?
Very strange. It makes no sense whatsover.
Basically, the answer is that he’s become a dupe for Obama.
I always say that when you see something really strange happening that can’t be explained by logic, follow the money.
Follow the money and you will find your answer.
Mormon Church-owned media is a massive enterprise that has consistently supported amnesty for illegal aliens. Glenn Beck is a product of the Mormon media enterprise.
Many business interests benefit from amnesty for illegal aliens. The Mormon Church’s public policy arm has been a dogged supporter of amnesty for illegal aliens.
And let’s not forget that the second most powerful man in America Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is a Mormon and is in a position to provide significant federal support and benefits to the Mormon Church.
So Glenn Beck, an outspoken Mormon convert, a product of the Mormon Church’s enormous sprawling worldwide media empire, has a clear financial interest in keeping his powerful and wealthy patrons in the Mormon leadership happy.
Glenn Beck’s media enterprise would not be anywhere near as big as it is now without the backing of the LDS church leadership — which fervently backs Amnesty.
Here’s a good paper on the Mormon Church leadership’s massive lobbying efforts for Amnesty >>>
As often happens throughout life, money trumps principle. Money trumps the “rule of law.”
Business interests trump patriotism and love of country.
It’s all about the money.
This is a big problem with many church organizations — not just Mormon, but Christian churches even more so. The Catholic Church in America receives billions of dollars from the U.S. government. The largest protestant denominations also receive billions of dollars from the federal government.
Catholic Charities received $2.9 BILLION from the U.S. government in 2010 — more than half its budget. No doubt, this figure has increased since then.
That’s just one small arm of the Catholic Church. Who knows what the rest of the Catholic Church is receiving from Uncle Sam?
Billions more, no doubt.
The churches have been bought by the U.S. government, meaning bought now by Obama. He controls the cash.
In other words, so much for the “separation of church and state” principle.
The churches have been bought and corrupted by the federal government.
Even the National Association of Evangelicals is now supporting what Obama calls “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.”
Because either their most powerful members are getting lots of money from Uncle Sam. Or, they have a misunderstanding of Scripture. I think the former.
World Vision, a member of the National Association of Evangelicals, receives $200,000,000 per year from the U.S. government. So they’d better keep playing ball with Obama to keep the money, favors and special treatment flowing from Uncle Sam.
The Bible celebrates hospitality. The Bible says we should be welcoming to strangers, travelers, foreigners. This is what we are hearing from the pro-amnesty propaganda machine.
But hospitality and care is a far cry from saying the stranger, the traveler, the alien, the foreigner should be able to just move into your home — permanently.
We want to help the homeless. But should the homeless just be able to move into and take over your home — permanently?
What exactly is ”Comprehensive Immigration Reform” anyway?
Basically, it’s amnesty and pretty much citizenship for the illegal aliens who are here now, then secure the border later.
That’s the promise.
But we now see how well that works.
If people know they can get amnesty (and soon U.S. citizenship) simply by setting foot on American soil, border security can’t work. There’s always a way around, under, or over a border.
Amnesty undermines and destroys even the strongest, most secure border.
And without secure borders, we really aren’t a country anymore — just like if anyone can move into your home, you don’t really have a home.
Senator Marco Rubio’s “Gang of Eight” immigration bill will be a disaster for low-skilled American workers.
Blue-collar and lower middle-class white workers were precisely the group that did not show up to vote for Mitt Romney in 2012. These were old Reagan Democrats and Independents Romney and the GOP were counting on.
Approximately 8,000,000 white voters who were expected to vote for Romney did not show up in 2012.
Obama won this election by 5,600,000 votes.
You do the math.
Romney could not inspire blue collar white workers to turn out to vote for him because he offered them nothing worth voting for.
Let’s face it — “We did build that” was a really dumb campaign theme.
It appeals to business owners.
But most people don’t own businesses. Most people are employees. Most people work for businesses.
The unemployment rate has been hovering around the eight percent level now for four years. The labor force participation rate is at historic (Great Depression) lows because low-skilled workers are too discouraged to look for work.
Among those without a high school diploma, the unemployment rate in May reached 11.1 percent, and for blacks without a high school diploma, it is more than 24 percent.
So now we are about to dump 11,000,000 or more new low-skilled workers into the labor force.
Corporations (Romney’s constituents) love this bill because it means lots of new low-wage workers.
Cheap labor is good for profits, good for the stock market, good for Wall Street — not good for employees and working families.
So the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill just reinforces the stereotype of the GOP as only caring about corporations and the rich — and not caring one wit about working America.
Liberals have very cleverly duped Republican Rubio into being the face of the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill. Democrats probably can’t believe their good luck to have Rubio as the primary spokesman for their program.
This means the GOP will be blamed when the disastrous reality of this legislation becomes apparent to approximately 100,000,000 blue collar and lower middle-class American workers who should be the backbone of the GOP.
So this bill is political suicide for the GOP for two reasons:
1) The GOP will be punished by approximately 100,000,000 workers on the lower rungs of the jobs ladder for the catastrophic economic consequences that will flow from Rubio’s immigration bill (which is actually being written by the White House); and
2) Does anyone really believe these 11,000,000 to 16,000,0000 legalized illegals are future voters for the GOP?
Of course not. 80 percent of them (at a minimum) are future voters for the Democrat Party.
That’s why Obama and the Dems want this bill so badly.
Obama won in 2012 by 5,600,000 votes.
Add another 7,000,000 votes to his margin of victory and we end up with a permanent one-party socialist state.
The Republicans Party truly is the stupid party.
Make no mistake. The purpose of this legislation is to create tens of millions of new voters for the Democrat Party 10-15 years down the road.
If this “Gang of Eight” immigration bill passes the House, the GOP deserves to go out of business.
Plus, the GOP’s obvious and open pandering to Hispanic voters is no way to earn their respect or their votes.
Americans of Latino descent (like most Americans) want a strong America and sensible policies that will make America stronger and richer. They will respect us if our policies and programs make sense.
Every poll I’ve seen show the immigration issue well down the list of concerns among Hispanic voters.
Like everyone else, what interests them is jobs and a healthy economy. Like everyone else, they just want the country to work better.
So why not instead push a smart immigration bill — one that gives preference to people who can bring something of value to the table?
We don’t need more “low information voters” who are looking for welfare handouts and free stuff from the government.
What we always need are more scientists, techies, engineers, doctors, business leaders, and achievers. Let’s create a brain drain on the rest of the world by encouraging the world’s brightest, richest, and most productive people to move here. We could target the China’s smartest people. Incentivize them to move to America.
We did this to Hitler, by the way. We actively recruited Germany’s best scientists (Leo Szilard, Rudolf Peierls, Hans Bethe, and scores of others, many of them Jewish refugees) to work on the Manhattan Project.
But if you have nothing to offer America, you don’t get in. That’s basically the Swiss immigration policy.
Now that really would help the U.S. economy — and help America become great again . . . because America’s greatness depends on the quality of the people who come here.
We need to have an admissions policy for America that is more like Harvard’s. American citizenship is not a right. It’s a privilege that must be earned. You are admitted for citizenship (and quickly) if you can show why you, by becoming an American, will make America a better, richer, and stronger country.
Obama’s program is a clear violation of U.S. immigration law
WASHINGTON TIMES: More than 1.7 million illegal immigrants could become eligible for tentative legal status Wednesday when President Obama’s non-deportation policy goes into effect, and after initial fears that the program would backfire, immigrant advocates are urging young immigrants to sign up.
Activists say the policy is the biggest change on immigration in decades, and it has roiled the political landscape, solidifying Mr. Obama’s support among Hispanics and leaving presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney struggling to say what he would do.
On Tuesday, the Obama administration laid out final details, including relaxed education standards that set a low bar.
Under the rules, illegal immigrants in job training or who have enrolled in a GED course are eligible — a lesser requirement than obtaining a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.
The government begins taking applications Wednesday, and immigrant rights groups and members of Congress from both parties have scheduled legal clinics across the country to help determine whether immigrants qualify and to aid them in filling out the forms.
“Our job is to make sure that everyone who’s eligible for this program knows about it and applies for it if they feel comfortable after weighing the risks and benefits,” said Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition. “So far, the benefits have kind of outweighed the risks, based on the hundreds and thousands of people coming forward.”
The policy halts deportations for illegal immigrants not above the age of 30 who were brought to the U.S. before age 16, who don’t have a major criminal record, and who can show they have been in the country studying or in job training.
Those eligible for the policy are known as Dreamers, after the Dream Act — legislation that failed to pass Congress but would have granted them a path to citizenship.
The Obama policy does not offer a path to citizenship but rather “deferred action,” a halt to potential deportations. Those who qualify also can obtain a permit to work in the U.S.
In certain states, that could be good enough to obtain a driver’s license or in-state tuition at state schools, advocates said.
Republicans said it will push hundreds of thousands of new legal workers into an already tough job market, where they will compete with Americans.
They also said the administration is not requiring in-person interviews for applicants and is accepting affidavits for some requirements, which they said is an invitation to fraud.
“While potentially millions of illegal immigrants will be permitted to compete with American workers for jobs, there seems to be little if any mechanism in place for vetting fraudulent applications,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith and Sen. Chuck Grassley said in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano.
The Homeland Security Department, which will process the applications, wouldn’t guess how many applications it will receive.
But the latest estimate from the Migration Policy Institute says that as many as 1.76 million illegal immigrants could be eligible. Homeland Security estimates about 11 million illegal immigrants reside in the U.S.
JOHN MCCORMACK-WEEKLY STANDARD: During Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum all took shots at Rick Perry’s record on illegal immigration. Bachmann said that Texas’s law allowing in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants acted like a “magnet” for illegal immigrants. Perry’s response was forceful and personal. “I don’t think you have a heart,” Perry told his critics.
“If you say that we should not educate children who come into our state for no other reason than that they’ve been brought their through no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart,” Perry said. “We need to be educating these children because they will become a drag on our society. I think that’s what Texans wanted to do. Out of 181 members of the Texas legislature when this issue came up [there were] only four dissenting votes. This was a state issue. Texas voted on it. And I still support it today.”
MICKEY KAUS-DAILY CALLER: Rick Perry’s record on immigration isn’t as bad as I thought. It’s worse! … It’s not just that he doesn’t want to build the border fence. Many fence opponents argue (though I disagree) that it’s far more important to take away the “jobs magnet” that lures illegals to try to cross the border in the first place.
But Perry hasn’t supported the quickest, best way to take away the jobs magnet, which is to require all private employers to use the “E-Verify” electronic check of Social Security numbers. Perry wouldn’t even require his own state government to use E-Verify, let alone private employers, declaring “E-Verify would not make a hill of beans’ difference when it comes to what’s happening in America today.” ….
And the fence and E-Verify are the easy part of this issue. They are the “stripped down basic package” of enforcement provisions outlined by immigration-control advocate Mark Krikorian. The hard part is getting a candidate–especially a pro-business GOP candidate–to promise, in a binding way, that in the future he or she won’t, under pressure from business and Latino leaders, accept some sort of premature legalization (i.e., amnesty).
That’s tough enough with, say, Mitt Romney: He’s criticized “amnesty” in the past, but you know there will be Romney strategists pushing legalization as the key to capturing the fast-growing Hispanic vote.
Barack Obama’s illegal alien uncle from Kenya has valid Social Security ID and driver’s license. He also had a previous deportation order. Did he call White House for bail money?
So this is the family that now running the USA!
BOSTON HERALD: President Obama’s accused drunken-driving uncle — who was busted after a near collision with a Framingham cop — has had a valid Social Security number for at least 19 years, despite being an illegal immigrant ordered to be deported back to Kenya, the Herald has learned.
The president’s 67-year-old uncle, Obama Onyango, has had a valid Massachusetts driver’s license and Social Security number since at least 1992, said Registry of Motor Vehicles spokesman Michael Verseckes.
Onyango, whose sister, Zeituni Onyango, made headlines when it was revealed she was an illegal immigrant living in public housing in South Boston, was wobbly legged, “slurring” and had “red and glassy eyes” when he was pulled over at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Waverly Street in Framingham.
Says he’ll focus only deporting criminals.
WASHINGTON TIMES: Bowing to pressure from immigrant rights activists, the Obama administration said Thursday that it will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria, such as attending school, having family in the military or having primary responsible for other family members’ care.
The move marks a major step for President Obama, who for months has said he does not have broad categorical authority to halt deportations and said he must follow the laws as Congress has written them.
But in letters to Congress on Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she does have discretion to focus on “priorities” and that her department and the Justice Department will review all ongoing cases to see who meets the new criteria.
“This case-by-case approach will enhance public safety,” she said. “Immigration judges will be able to more swiftly adjudicate high-priority cases, such as those involving convicted felons.”
The move won immediate praise from Hispanic activists and Democrats who had strenuously argued with the administration that it did have authority to take these actions, and said as long as Congress is deadlocked on the issue, it was up to Mr. Obama to act.
CNN: America’s immigration system is broken, but only a bipartisan political movement can fix it, President Barack Obama said Monday.
“The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting, I promise you, not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions,” Obama told the National Council of La Raza.
Speaking at the organization’s annual conference in Washington, Obama said passing immigration reform measures will require support from both sides of the aisle in Congress.
“Let’s be honest, I need a dance partner here, and the floor is empty,” he said.
Audience members greeted Obama with a standing ovation, and responded to his discussion of immigration reform by chanting, “Yes you can, yes you can.”