Obama Pays Lip Service to Being a Nation of Laws During Amnesty Pitch

President Obama spoke Monday in support of so-called comprehensive immigration reform, which is D.C. code for an amnesty bill.  During his remarks, a young man in the crowd began yelling and telling the president to use his “power” to halt all deportations of illegal immigrants.

The president responded by saying: 

If in fact I could solve all these problems without passing laws through Congress, then I would do so.  But we are also a nation of laws – that’s part of our tradition. And so the easy way out is to try to yell and pretend that I can do something by violating our laws. What I’m proposing is the harder path which is to use our democratic processes to achieve the same goal that you want to achieve.

His remarks were ironic for three reasons.  

  1. The Senate legislation that he was promoting would grant amnesty to the nearly 12 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States, and amnesty undermines the rule of law.  The Heritage Foundation explains, “Amnesty comes in many forms, but in all its variations, it discourages respect for the law, treats law-breaking aliens better than law-following aliens, and encourages future unlawful immigration into the United States.”
  2. Mr. Obama did, in fact, bypass Congress to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants this past August by issuing a policy directive instructing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “not to enforce immigration laws in cases where an illegal alien is the primary provider for any minor child — regardless of the child’s immigration status — or the parent or guardian of a child who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.”  At that time Heritage noted, “Congress hasn’t passed immigration legislation, but that hasn’t stopped President Obama from issuing directives that grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.”
  3. Mr. Obama has violated the law on numerous occasions.

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