Wednesday, June 23, 2010

An Executive Order for Amnesty?

It looks like the Obama administration is looking to do another end run around Congress, this time to give illegal aliens amnesty. I sure the executive order will contain some little loophole that allows the illegals to vote too.

Eight senators led by Chuck Greassly (R-Iowa) have written a letter to Obama asking for clarification on the rumored plan to use executive orders to effect amnesty.

Dear President Obama:
We understand that there’s a push for your Administration to develop a plan to unilaterally extend either deferred action or parole to millions of illegal aliens in the United States. We understand that the Administration may include aliens who have willfully overstayed their visas or filed for benefits knowing that they will not be eligible for a status for years to come. We understand that deferred action and parole are discretionary actions reserved for individual cases that present unusual, emergent or humanitarian circumstances. Deferred action and parole were not intended to be used to confer a status or offer protection to large groups of illegal aliens, even if the agency claims that they look at each case on a “case-by-case” basis.
While we agree our immigration laws need to be fixed, we are deeply concerned about the potential expansion of deferred action or parole for a large illegal alien population. While deferred action and parole are Executive Branch authorities, they should not be used to circumvent Congress’ constitutional authority to legislate immigration policy, particularly as it relates to the illegal population in the United States.
The Administration would be wise to abandon any plans for deferred action or parole for the illegal population. Such a move would further erode the American public’s confidence in the federal government and its commitment to securing the borders and enforcing the laws already on the books.
We would appreciate receiving a commitment that the Administration has no plans to use either authority to change the current position of a large group of illegal aliens already in the United States, and ask that you respond to us about this matter as soon as possible.
The letter is signed by Sens. Grassley, Hatch (R-Utah), Vitter (R-La.), Bunning (R-Ky.), Chambliss (R-Ga.), Isakson (R-Ga.), Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Cochran (R-Miss.).


Anonymous said...

Obama, sheesh, one of the main reasons you were elected was because of a electorate that was tired of a large Executive Branch with too much power.

Very good post Another Black Conservative.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

What is going on? This is not constitutional, he's not king, for God's sake. How far does he have to go before someone somewhere does something about this totalitarian crap he pulls almost daily? He's acting like he thinks he's got ALL the power, and the other two branches have none. That's not how our government is set up . . . specifically to avoid these exercises of tyranny.

rosewood59 said...

He does have all the power; afterall, who in Congress is going to put a brake on him? Who in this country is going to put a brake on Congress? I'm losing faith in the electorate, expecially the millions who are convinced they will will get something for nothing, and who are not savvy enough to realize that they are had, for good!

Gorges Smythe said...

Where are the good men like Brutus when you need them?

Joe said...

This is completely constitutional under section 2, clause 1: "...he shall have power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment."

(That doesn't mean it's politically wise and there is a question whether it can be a blanket pardon or has to be specific to named individuals.)

Countryboy said...

Yes, But, Why would you just pardon millions of incarcerated 'illegal aliens' when you don't have a clue as to what they are in jail for? Congress can recind executive orders within 30 days of it's signing. This is clearly a sign of a president that will do anything to bypass the Constitution, along with circumventing Congress (which is not the first time he's done this). It is obvious he would love to be a dictator.November won't come fast enough

Fuzzy Slippers said...

That's the thing, he can only pardon people who are convicted of a crime. He can't "pardon" everyone before they've even been charged with anything, or are you saying that he can just provide a "blanket pardon" to all illegals . . . or to all people who commit [insert any crime]? "I hereby pardon all people who've robbed/stabbed/shot/raped someone even if they've never been arrested, tried, or convicted"? How's that work?

Joe said...

That's the thing, he can only pardon people who are convicted of a crime

I'm not sure that's true. The Constitution states "offenses."

(Just because I believe this could constitutional and legal, doesn't mean I support it whatsoever. And given Obama's contempt for the constitution, I'm not sure an actual debate matters anyway. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party controlled Congress has even less respect for the Constitution and won't stand up to Obama.)

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