Obama Crafts Legal Rationale for Immigration Steps

Josh Lederman, Yahoo! News, August 27, 2014

The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama’s impending executive actions on immigration.

Facing an expected onslaught of opposition, the administration plans to argue that Congress failed to provide enough resources to fully enforce U.S. laws, thereby ceding wide latitude to White House to prioritize deportations of the 11.5 million people who are in the country illegally, administration officials and legal experts said. But Republicans, too, are exploring their legal options for stopping Obama from what they’ve deemed egregious presidential overreaching.

A self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act on immigration is rapidly approaching. While Obama has yet to receive the formal recommendations he’s requested from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, administration officials said the president is intimately familiar with the universe of options and won’t spend much time deliberating once Johnson delivers his recommendations.

After resisting calls to act alone in hopes Congress would pass a comprehensive immigration fix, Obama in June bowed to immigration activists and said that “if Congress will not do their job, at least we can do ours.” The most sweeping, controversial step under consideration involves halting deportation for millions, a major expansion of a 2012 Obama program that deferred prosecutions for those brought here illegally as children.


Other options under consideration, such as changes to how green cards are distributed and counted, might be less controversial because of the support they enjoy from the business community and other influential groups. {snip}

Obama’s goal had been to announce his decision around Labor Day, before leaving on a trip next week to Estonia and Wales. But a host of national security crises have pushed the announcement back, likely until after Obama returns, said the officials, who weren’t authorized to comment by name and demanded anonymity.

Obama’s actions will almost surely be challenged in court.

“Any potential executive action the president takes will be rooted in a solid legal foundation,” White House spokesman Shawn Turner said.

What’s more, Obama may have undermined his case because he has insisted time and again that he’s the president, not the king, and “can’t just make the laws up by myself.” In a 2012 interview with Telemundo, Obama defended his decision to defer deportations for children but said he couldn’t go any bigger.

“If we start broadening that, then essentially I would be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally. So that’s not an option,” he said then.


The House already has passed legislation to block Obama from expanding DACA and, through its power of the purse, could attempt to cut off the funds that would be needed to implement the expansion. {snip}

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  • Luca

    And what is anyone (Republican or otherwise) doing to stop this evil despot?

    “He who does not punish evil, commands that it be done.” – Leonardo da Vinci

    • Bossman

      The president is free to practice Justice and Mercy. There’s nothing evil about that.

      • journey

        And what is this “Justice and Mercy” you are speaking of? You believe little barry is some kind of deity?

      • MekongDelta69

        Didn’t you make your once a week troll stop yesterday?

        Why yes – yes you did…

        • Paleoconn

          Moderators, any chance we can bounce Bossman troll out of here?

      • Alexandra1973

        Justice is stopping the invasion. Which extends mercy to actual US citizens.

      • Rick

        Correct! There IS nothing evil about upholding the laws of the nation and Constitution that he swore to serve and protect. Now there is justice and mercy. Let the home countries of these migrants be just and merciful to their people, and let our President practice it on us. We are not the Foster home to everyone on planet Earth.

    • journey

      Senator Jeff Sessions is trying.

  • Puggg

    It’s not a legal rationale, it’s a set of excuses. At this point, I don’t even know why he’s bothering looking for an excuse. He can say that “I can because I can” and he’ll get next to no blowback.

    This bit about “there isn’t enough money to enforce the laws,” even if there was, you know Obama wouldn’t do it. He’s just not that into enforcing immigration law.

    And one big mistake of assumption here is that they’re all assuming that most Republicans will be made mad by this. I truly think that most of the leadership will be secretly happy, because it’s what they really want.

  • MekongDelta69

    I’m looking for ONE person (with the authority and power) to grow a spine and stop this maniacal dictator.

    Just ONE

    • JohnEngelman

      President Obama is about to widen the gates for a higher rate of immigration.

      Republican politicians will handle this issue the way they handled the Roe v. Wade decision. They will condemn amnesty, while doing nothing to prevent it. They know that their campaign contributors in the business community want more immigrants so that they can lower wages.

      • Puggg

        Are you trying to say that they’re so devious, some Republican politicians, and two faced at the same time, that they’ll secretly be happy with what Obama is about to do but pretend to be mad about it in public to try to harvest the anger that people will have after it has happened?

        If you are, then I think you’re right.

    • Sick of it

      The people with authority and power today tend to be evil. It really is that simple.

  • Obama won’t make the decision. The power elites have already made it for him. They’re just trying to figure out how to sell their garbage to deflect criticism from the anointed one.

    Tyranny best describes the current state of affairs in the former USA. And lying. Man, does Obama lie. That press conference of his today was just blatant. Well-scripted blatant lies.

    • Sick of it

      We were better off under tyrants in the ancient and medieval periods than we are under these control freaks.

    • M&S

      For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

      For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

      He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

      He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

      In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

  • MekongDelta69

    Like Bigone4u just said, the Chump-In-Chief was lying through his teeth today.

    And to paraphrase what he said… He doesn’t have a strategy to defeat anything or anyone which will destroy our country.

    But he has plenty of strategies when it comes to HIM destroying our country.

    It’s simply beyond my comprehension that this shoe shine boy could become Dictator-In-Chief.

  • journey

    This country needs another Eisenhower moment in the deportation of illegals. Afraid, we will not get it because it’s the corporations who now rule, unless, there is a massive uprising by the public. But the public is too complacent at the moment. Times are not bad enough, yet.

    • Bossman

      There will be no Eisenhower moment; just more North American integration.

      • journey

        As I stated, not for the moment. This “integration” is one bad experiment except with Canada.

        • M.

          That’s because Canada allows in only qualified and educated people from the Third World, and most of those are East Asian.

          • journey

            My comment was in reference to the white part of Canada. All Western societies must keep a white majority in order to survive.

    • Luca

      This is not due to corporations, this is due to Liberals-gone-wild.

      • journey

        Don’t forget the elites, like Zuckerberg, Gates, Cisco, etc pushing for the H-1 visas. Then on the other end for the low IQers laborers for construction, agriculture, hotels, etc, etc. These are the corporations. And remember that study which just confirms what Main Street knows, corporation rules this country? The little man has no voice.

  • Paleoconn

    He’s going to Estonia and Wales, big heavyweights. Of course, Obama will tell these people that they ‘punch above their weight’ as he’s done to every other small country he’s visited. The man is an empty suit fraud and he dares use a boxing expression to affect a scrappy persona.

    Obama-Impeachment 2014

    Sessions-Kobach 2016

  • test

    • Evette Coutier

      You passed.

  • antiquesunlight

    “In a 2012 interview with Telemundo, Obama defended his decision to defer deportations for children but said he couldn’t go any bigger. ‘If we start broadening that, then essentially I would be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally. So that’s not an option,’ he said then.”

    An ethical person would have very simply said, “I can’t do it because it is against the law.” Obama’s statement sounds like an admission that he thinks it’s okay for him to ignore the law so long as he can find some way to legalese out of it.

  • none of your business

    Obama’s Father was not a mau mau terrorist. He was the head of the communist party of Hawaii. His name was Frank Marshall Davis and he was a close friend of Obama’s maternal Grandfather another communist under surveillance by the FBI since WW2.
    At least that’s my opinion. Obama saw the Kenyan only once for less than a week after the Kenyan abandoned his teen age wife and her child when Obama was 2 yrs old. He didn’t get his anti colonial attitudes from the Kenyan. He got them from his Mother, the maternal grandparents who raised him and his surrogate actually biological Father a life long communist.

    Beginning around 1930 the communists had basically a breeding program of commie girls and black men. The idea was eventually an Obama, a Holder, a Lani Guanier would be produced.
    Again, this is only my opinion but a lot of people like myself who are very familiar with 20th century communism and their long term plans also believe it. There are plenty of pictures of Davis and his son Barack on the internet.

    • Alexandra1973

      I agree that Davis likely is his father, which would likely mean that Obama is a US citizen, though born in Kenya. But since Obama Sr. is listed as the father…it’s a bit of a tangle, isn’t it?

      No matter how you slice it, though, I’m against having a black president in a white country…at least one that’s supposed to be white.

  • Alexandra1973

    Bossman’s drooling over the idea of a North American Union. I saw some of his earlier posts.

  • Alexandra1973

    That’s why I’m an ex-Republican, have been since 2004.

  • M&S

    Do an electronic petition. Make it nation wide under the Auspices of Numbers USA or another immigration think tank.

    Make it clear that if this counter agenda “And here’s what it would take…” doesn’t happen, what the consequences will be.

    Highlight in LARGE CASE LETTERS how men like Teddy Kennedy lied and later admitted they lied over Hart Cellar and other issues and “It doesn’t matter, it’s too late now.” show some alternatives that prove it is not in fact too late.

    Ask if people would like ‘Option 1 or 2′. And make them sign for it, electronically.

    Show present day Congress’ overall voting policies on prior controversial decisiosn like Obamacare, The Stimulus and Iraq/AfG. Making it clear that their tendency is to sigh, shake their heads and vote the opposite of their stated opinion, all the while with their hands out.

    Ask people if they are happy with this GROUP THINK demonstration of absolute gutless worm behavior. Or not. Sign X or Y.

    Provide ‘options for change’ if Congress repeats this historical trend of behavior (namely a referendum for a Constitutional Convention that effectively removes every national leadership personality we have and starts with a fresh Congress and a reenacted Constitution). Ask the people if they would approve such a course of action. Sign here or here.

    Make it clear that for us to stop this, Americans must make it the election centerpiece of a “Do what your boss tells you or your fired!” campaign issue which promises that willful disregard of American’s will to remain a dominant Anglo Saxon majority in this country will lead to every Senator and Congressmen, from every district who votes for this absurdity or doesn’t vote for impeachment to stop it, being oustered. With not a single vote.

    Sign here.

    Finally, make that a condition of signing the petition “I hereby pledge,on my honor, based on the elements of the above argument that I agree with, that if they don’t do as we tell them to, it is MY RESPONSIBILITY to make sure I don’t vote for him but for someone who promises to overturn any legislation which I feel is immoral or not in the interests of this nation.”

    The Undersigned.

    This is the opening declaration of intent in a war on the government, through the electoral process, by which the next election cycles and specifically the next Presidential candidate’s run can be held hostage to “The Boss”. We. The. People.

    Whether they want to be or not.

    To which I would post an addendum.

    If nobody shows up on a ticket willing to overturn EVERYTHING that Obama has/hasn’t done _vote for a Constitutional Convention_ to change the nature of this societies ‘enlightened rule’.


    If that will not be put on the electoral ballots as part of putting the college to work, then I will begin to take necessary steps, in line with the process undertaken in Russia and the Balkans, to ensure my state secedes from the Union.


    And below that. “I will undertake to ensure this secession happens, even if it means civil war.”


    Peppershot this multisignatory document with key phrases by our Founding Fathers. “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” “For ourselves and our posterity.” “Hanging together or surely Be Hung Apart”. Come to mind.

    What you want here is a true feel for the will of the people.

    How far they will go. How fed up they are. How widespread or regionally discrete their outrage extends.

    And what exactly they will do to fix things.

    If someone BIG would start this (send a million EMLs type agency), I think it could change the nature of the Presidential Election and possibly the future of this nation.

    But even if it won’t, we need to know where we stand.

    Because if we don’t start something. It’s over.

  • Jim Davis

    Oh please, white Republican Presidents and members of Congress are just as responsible for this mess as Obama, I do believe it was Reagan who gave amnesty to over 3 million illegals, and also mandated that hospitals and public schools must accept them. Bush II had the Congress for 6yrs and did jack about the border.

    • MoMo

      Hmmm Well the country may be going to hell but we have great professional basketball, football, rap music, hip hop dancing!.