Less than a week after he declared immigration reform’s prospects dead, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) is now saying that Obama has the legal authority to act without Congress.
“If Republicans want to come back and discuss reform, fine,” Gutierrez said on MSNBC today. “But in the interim period, I believe the president of the United States has already in statute, in the law, the ability to heal and put in a safe harbor millions of undocumented immigrants while the Congress of the United States finally decides it’s going to take action.”
Gutierrez’s comments come just one day after Obama said he will act on immigration reform if Congress doesn’t bring a bill to his desk.
“I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue and Congress chooses to do nothing,” Obama said Monday. “And in this situation, the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our economy.”
Obama couldn’t care less about being faithful to the Constitution and executing the law. He is a tyrant, sure. But worse than that, he is a desperate one. With his poll numbers tanking, Obama is now grasping at straws.
Americans do want the immigration issue addressed. But if Obama goes around Congress and creates law out of thin air, he will end up digging himself in a deeper whole.
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