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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Senator Grassley Asks Good Questions

Senator Chuck Grassley, who is a good friend of the Constitution and We the People, has sent President Obama a powerful letter co-signed by 20 Senators. The letter spells out many unlawful aspects of Obama's recent announcement that he will not enforce U.S. laws against young illegal aliens and will reward their illegal status with residency and work permits. Grassley accuses Obama of taking an action for which he lacks legal authority, is contrary to his constitutional duty to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed," and is an affront to representative government and the legislative process because he bypassed Congress and illegally substituted Executive power.

Just last year, Obama proved that he knows his action was unlawful. Obama said, "This notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. ... We live in a democracy. You have to pass bills through the legislature, and then I can sign it." Nevertheless, this year, Obama did that unlawful thing anyway.

Here are a few of the 29 questions which Grassley asked the President to answer. Why has your position on your legal authority changed? Did you consult with attorneys and get a legal opinion about it? How will you treat the parents and others who deliberately violated federal immigration law by illegally bringing these young people into the U.S.? What criteria will you use to decide who gets work permits and who doesn't? Will the implementation cost of this gigantic program to reward a million and a half illegal aliens be loaded onto the U.S. taxpayers?

President Obama certainly owes Senator Grassley the answers to these questions. The job of the President is to see that our laws are obeyed, but Obama is pretending he can create his own laws and require us to obey them.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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