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Obama to Announce Executive Action on Immigration

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President Barack Obama plans to announce his executive action on immigration today. According to The Washington Post  the actions will protect roughly 5 million immigrants from deportation. The announcement will occur this evening with a comprehensive layout of the plan coming Friday in a speech in Las Vegas with Latino supporters.

Obama put off taking executive action on immigration until after the election, presumably to help the Democratic Party’s electoral prospects. Given the results of the election this seems to have been in error and possibly counterproductive as announcing these actions before the elections could have energized the Democratic base and led to higher turnout.

For their part the Republicans saw the 2014 election as partly a referendum on Obama’s immigration proposal and now Republican leadership in Congress has warned that if Obama goes ahead with the executive action they will have difficulty working with him during his remaining time in office. But considering how they behaved previously that’s not really much of a threat. This incoming Congress has little interest in working with Obama.

“If ‘Emperor Obama’ ignores the American people and announces an amnesty plan that he himself has said over and over again exceeds his Constitutional authority, he will cement his legacy of lawlessness and ruin the chances for Congressional action on this issue — and many others,” Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), said in an e-mail.

In an effort to cast doubts on the legality of Obama’s decision, GOP aides have been circulating a list of 22 times the president has said publicly that he doesn’t believe he has the authority to act through executive action to change immigration laws.

Republican leadership does not have a monopoly on hyperbole. Senator Ted Cruz says Obama is acting like a monarch and Republican Senator Tom Coburn says the country is going to go “nuts” after the announcement, raising the possibility of violence. Whether the reaction will be so severe to the announcement from right wing circles is hard to say but there appears to be no genuine legal obstacle to Obama taking the executive actions.

Though the exact details of the executive actions have yet to be laid out by most accounts President Obama has at least some legal basis to take these actions and has a chance of surviving a court challenge. Given the intransigence of Republicans in Congress this is the only way anything can get done on a pressing issue of national concern and now that Obama is termed out the backlash is someone else’s problem.

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Obama To Announce Executive Action On Immigration

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President Barack Obama plans to announce his executive action on immigration today. According to The Washington Post  the actions will protect roughly 5 million immigrants from deportation. The announcement will occur this evening with a comprehensive layout of the plan coming Friday in a speech in Las Vegas with Latino supporters.

Obama put off taking executive action on immigration until after the election, presumably to help the Democratic Party’s electoral prospects. Given the results of the election this seems to have been in error and possibly counterproductive as announcing these actions before the elections could have energized the Democratic base and led to higher turnout.

For their part the Republicans saw the 2014 election as partly a referendum on Obama’s immigration proposal and now Republican leadership in Congress has warned that if Obama goes ahead with the executive action they will have difficulty working with him during his remaining time in office. But considering how they behaved previously that’s not really much of a threat. This incoming Congress has little interest in working with Obama.

“If ‘Emperor Obama’ ignores the American people and announces an amnesty plan that he himself has said over and over again exceeds his Constitutional authority, he will cement his legacy of lawlessness and ruin the chances for Congressional action on this issue — and many others,” Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), said in an e-mail.

In an effort to cast doubts on the legality of Obama’s decision, GOP aides have been circulating a list of 22 times the president has said publicly that he doesn’t believe he has the authority to act through executive action to change immigration laws.

Republican leadership does not have a monopoly on hyperbole. Senator Ted Cruz says Obama is acting like a monarch and Republican Senator Tom Coburn says the country is going to go “nuts” after the announcement, raising the possibility of violence. Whether the reaction will be so severe to the announcement from right wing circles is hard to say but there appears to be no genuine legal obstacle to Obama taking the executive actions.

Though the exact details of the executive actions have yet to be laid out, by most accounts President Obama has at least some legal basis to take these actions and has a chance of surviving a court challenge. Given the intransigence of Republicans in Congress this is the only way anything can get done on a pressing issue of national concern and now that Obama is termed out the backlash is someone else’s problem.

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