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Monday, January 12, 2015

The High Cost of Obama’s Executive Amnesty

Barack Obama has announced the particulars of his executive amnesty for an estimated five million of the foreigners who broke our laws to get into the United States. Obama’s amnesty will, of course, become a magnet for more illegals to work the same racket, hoping for the same reward. Obama’s action makes us wonder if he really wants to terminate the rule of law and replace it with rule by executive action. His executive action gives the lawbreakers exactly what they sought when they violated our laws.

Thanks to a New York Times expose, we know that details of this grab for extremist executive power were developed in tightest secrecy by a small group headed by Jeh C. Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security. Our over-burdened middle class, already losing jobs to cheap labor, will now be faced with competition from poorer, hungrier newcomers. Their children will be crowded into our public schools carrying diseases not before known in the U.S. such as EV-D68, a polio-like virus. We should build the border fence that Congress voted years ago and was signed into law by President George W. Bush in front of TV cameras. The fence should be designed not only to keep out illegals, but for the humanitarian purpose of keeping those travelers away from long stretches of desert that are death traps because of bandits and lack of water.

There is some hope. The Congressional Research Service advises us that Congress has the power to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty. The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, states: "In light of Congress’s constitutional power over the purse, the Supreme Court has recognized that Congress may always circumscribe agency discretion to allocate resources by putting restrictions in the operative statutes." Let’s hope Republicans in Congress stand up to Obama and halt his reckless amnesty plan.

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