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From the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday Obama announced plans to bypass Congress and partially implement the so-called DREAM Act which would have offered a path to U.S. citizenship for youthful illegals who served in the armed forces or attended college. The administration says 800,000 illegal aliens could benefit although Jon Feere of the nonpartisan Center for Immigration Studies says the true number is closer to 1.4 million.
The cynical move came mere days before Obama was scheduled to speak at a major gathering of Hispanic activists in Florida.
Within hours of the announcement Obama’s reelection campaign sent out a mass email to supporters romanticizing this cohort of illegals as “Dreamers” who love America. These illegal aliens “should be able to dream as big as they want,” wrote Katherine Archuleta, national political director for the campaign.
The president said the new decree would take effect immediately in order to “lift the shadow of deportation from these young people.” Why this shadow needed to be lifted right now, while record unemployment levels plague the nation, was not explained.
“Let’s be clear, this is not amnesty, this is not immunity, this is not a path to citizenship, this is not a permanent fix,” Obama said. “This is the right thing to do.”
Of course the former constitutional law lecturer knows full well that any executive order that withholds prosecution for unlawful acts is by definition an amnesty, that is, an act of official forgiveness for past offenses.
Like all amnesties it rewards lawbreaking and serves as a flashing green light to would-be illegal immigrants, inviting them to jump the queue. Amnesties beget amnesties. Each one increases the likelihood that another immigration amnesty will follow in the future – and so on and so on and so on.
But whatever Obama may call his new order, there’s nothing anyone can do about the amnesty – for now.
“If the president says we’re not going to enforce the law, there’s really nothing anyone can do about it,” said University of Pennsylvania constitutional law professor Kermit Roosevelt. “It’s clearly a political calculation.”
Just last year when his slumping approval numbers were higher, President Obama didn’t seem to think he had the power to an end-run around Congress.
“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,” the president said in 2011.
But that was then. Now he has a presumptive Republican nominee to beat.
Obama’s policy, which has been repeatedly voted down in Congress, is the latest left-wing assault on the American system. After undermining America’s economy, national defense, and the rule of law in his tumultuous time in office, now Obama is trying to undermine respect for citizenship in order to shore up the Democratic Party’s sagging electoral fortunes.
After years of helping ACORN and other community organizing groups manufacture voters, now Obama is using the taxpayer-funded federal apparatus to do the same, betting that grateful illegals will be forever in debt to the Democratic Party. Not surprisingly, Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, has no interest in prosecuting voter fraud and ensuring the integrity of the ballot box.
No doubt some of the newly amnestied individuals will be voting in the upcoming election even though Obama’s policy doesn’t technically allow them to do so.
The Democrats’ cherished National Voter Registration Act has allowed many illegals to unofficially participate in the electoral process since President Clinton signed it into law in 1993. The so-called Motor-Voter law was envisioned by Marxists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, who lobbied for it, as a way to swamp voter rolls with ineligible voters and encourage massive voter fraud.
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