President Obama today, speaking from the Rose Garden, commenced the latest leg on our fundamental transformation from a constitutional republic into something different:
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody.
This morning, Secretary Napolitano announced new actions my administration will take to mend our nation’s immigration policy, to make it more fair, more efficient and more just, specifically for certain young people sometimes called DREAMers.
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That’s what gave rise to the Dream Act. It says that if your parents brought you here as a child, you’ve been here for five years and you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, you can one day earn your citizenship. And I’ve said time and time and time again to Congress that — send me the Dream Act, put it on my desk, and I will sign it right away.
Now, both parties wrote this legislation, and year and a half ago, Democrats passed the Dream Act in the House, but Republicans walked away from it. It got 55 votes in the Senate, but Republicans blocked it. The bill hasn’t really changed; the need hasn’t changed. It’s still the right thing to do. The only thing that has changed, apparently, was the politics.
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Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people. Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.
Am I overwrought in thinking this latest move of more than questionable illegality? Allow me to quote noted constitutional authority and President of the United States Barack Obama, speaking in 2011:
The fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce. And I think there’s been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the Dream Act passed and getting comprehensive immigration passed by perpetrating the notion that somehow, by myself, I can go and do these things. It’s just not true.
What has changed? Well, the polls aren't looking good for Mr. Hope and Change. The War on Women was a bust; weighing in on Trayvon didn't help; must be time to dust off the War on Immigrants. So the us-versus-them administration has run this latest divisive issue up the flagpole.
Question: Is this just another sign of desperation, or is Mr. Obama onto something here?