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Obama Imposes Partial Dream Act by Fiat

by Keith Koffler on June 15, 2012, 11:53 am

The Obama administration made an end run around Congress directly into the arms of Latino voters, saying it would stop deporting illegal immigrants under 30 who came to the United States before they turned 16.

Latinos overwhelmingly back the president over Mitt Romney, but the Obama campaign is concerned about how many will turn up at the polls amid disenchantment over Obama’s failure to press for comprehensive immigration reform and his relatively aggressive use of deportation thus far.

Congress has refused to pass the DREAM Act, which would have created a path toward citizenship for young illegal immigrants who have gone to college or served in the military.

Obama’s move does not specifically create an avenue toward citizenship, but by not deporting young illegal immigrants, it sets them up for eventually becoming citizens once the laws have changed to allow them to do so.

Obama will speak about the new policy at 1:15 pm ET from the Rose Garden, and I will live stream it for you here.

When Obama speaks, he will be Sen. Mark Rubio (R-Fla.) to the punch. Rubio is supposedly working on something similar to what Obama is announcing today, but has failed to release a concrete proposal.

Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano – who made the announcement this morning – have previously suggested they were legally prevented from making today’s move, according to the Washington Times.

Mr. Obama has been under pressure for years to take this step, but he had repeatedly said he didn’t have the authority.

“The fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce. And I think there’s been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the Dream Act passed and getting comprehensive immigration passed by perpetrating the notion that somehow, by myself, I can go and do these things. It’s just not true,” Mr. Obama said last year.

And Ms. Napolitano last year specifically rejected the kind of categorical move she made on Friday, telling senators she only had the authority to examine cases individually.

Today, Napolitano was humming a different tune, according to a statement from DHS.

“Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner,” said Secretary Napolitano. “But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language.

Obama will address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ annual conference in Orlando, Fla. next Friday. Romney will appear before the group Thursday.

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srdem65 June 15, 2012 at 12:17 pm

What a crock! A political ploy making noise that means nothing and plays the young. They’re not citizens? then what are they?

They use documents that are forged or just plain stolen from legal citizens to live here. Citzens who use forged or stolen documents go to prison.
Are they to be “undocumented illegal aliens” or “pre-citizen aliens”, do they have civil rights, can they vote, serve on a jury, be eligible to run for public office.
Do they even have to speak Engish>
This is an outrageous and an illegal move by the POTUS.

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blondie June 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm

WOW!! In my adult life,I have only felt totally unsafe in my own country,on 9/11 and today. If this President can just randomly dictate a law,whats to stop him or anyone else who is in office from just deciding they want a new law? Aren’t we a nation of checks and balances? Most commentary I have been reading is very negative about this,but there are people who are for it. They are missing the larger issue,its not so much the content of the mandate,its the bypassing of Congress. Their guy may be out and the next President can do the same. We are slowly losing our democracy and its is scary.

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Susan June 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

That ought to help with the massive unemployment among young Americans. What’s next? Free college education and free mortgages? I truly despise progressives and their tyrannical leader.

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Lizzy June 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Don’t they already get that?

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Just2old June 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Another first for obama: the first Dictator-in-Chief of the United States of America.

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CAR June 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Sure does FEEL like it.

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Susan June 15, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Rush just played the RNC video Granny Jan linked to in a previous post. He thinks this sudden move to legitimize illegal aliens is a distraction from his disastrous “reboot” speech from yesterday. In Rush’s words the fraudster in chief is a “one trick teleprompter”.

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Shofar June 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm

With black unemployment being at some of the highest levels in recent history, I have to wonder how the leaders in the black community are going to respond to this rule by fiat. Illegals, whether they were brought here by parents while minors or not, are taking jobs from native born Americans. By extrapolation, they are taking many of the unskilled labor jobs that young blacks could be filling if the jobs were not already taken by illegals.

For a man who is touted as the first “black” president, he continues to slap the face of the people that make up a part of his ancestry. The black community has been famously opposed to gay marriage, yet Obama promotes the gay agenda. Abortion mills run at full tilt in predominately black neighborhoods, and Obama supports the death industry that had killed millions of unborn black children. Black preachers, those that are truly in touch with their community, call for help in stemming the tide of violence in the black community, yet Obama’s DOJ protects those that are the greatest threat to the black community – radical groups such as the NBPP. Now he is ruling by presidential fiat to reduce the economic opportunities of young blacks by allowing unfettered access to the American job market by those that are here illegally. Does he not realize that he is cutting off his nose to spite his face with regard to the very people that once looked at him as their Moses or Messiah?

I hope and pray that the backlash from the black community to this panderer to special interests is a tsunami of voter discontent, and that the leaders of the black community will finally realize the pile of horse manure they were sold in 2008. Perhaps Obama will invoke a modern day version of what occurred 147 years ago, and offer a house and a Volt to all blacks in America, instead of the 40 acres and a mule. The only way he is going to win reelection is through bribery of the electorate, something he already started with the unions.

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Deadbolt June 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm

and yet, 90% plus of the group in question will vote for him in 2012…count on it…

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big fan June 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

shofar –
To your point of voter discontent…what about the millions of immigrants who came here LEGALLY and patiently waited their turn, in line, with all the other LEGAL immigrants. Is this not insulting to them? The Obama administration is calling them FOOLS & SUCKERSfor following the law.I pray LEGAL immigrants remember this act on Election Day! At least a LEGAL immigrant can vote – illegals cannot (yet)!

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Just2old June 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Riddle me this: Under the administration plan, illegal immigrants will be immune from deportation if they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military. They also can apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed

How do they prove that they came into this country (Illegally) before they were 16?????????? It’s not like they had their passport stamped!

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Anonna June 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm

They just tell Janet and Obama that they were and everyone happily believes them. After all, they wouldn’t lie to get advantage or anything, would they? Their honest parents doubtless taught them that it is wrong to take advantage of loopholes or fence holes …..

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langley spook June 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm

my Goal is to be an “immigrant” to Singapore… If Singapore ever caught me ‘living’ there “illegally” my ass would be “deported” -ASAP!

Why is it OK! for “illegals” to ‘live/work/vote?’ in the USA…???

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OvertheOs June 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Because we no longer have a Democracy but a dictatorship

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mo1 June 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Were we actually deporting such people? Given how long it takes to deport people convicted or charged with a crime who are not here legally (such as Mr. Obama’s uncle), i doubt we were actually deporting people in this group. But President Obama panders to different groups, although seemingly not to any portion of the black community whom he considers “cry babies.” So he announces he will not do something he was not doing and take steps which he (the great constitutional law professor) said he was not constiutionally permitted to take. He really is an empty suit, empty head; and thinks everyone in this country is too stupid to see that.

Most Latinos work very hard and so, one must wonder, whether the job permit plan will take jobs away from citizens who cannot get jobs. our unemployment rate among young people is around 25%. Many students cannot get summer jobs. Many recent college graduates cannot get jobs. Is this job/work permit plan going to hurt them? I hope the youth of this country, especially young blacks, ask these questions.

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Jack June 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Mr.O has just signed the fiat that will end, and very soon to the relevancy of the black community in the US.
It is a matter of statistics. US census bureau 2008, estimates. US Total population: 301,237,703. African Americans: 37, 131, 771. Hispanics and Latinos: 45, 432, 158.
The term “Hispanic” (and Asians) coined by the federal government in the 1970s under President Nixon, and whom has been accused of doing such in order to subtract attention from the 70′s growing blacks influence in Americans politics. Ironically this issue finds relevancy now in reverse mode by the actions of the first black president. So the “houses and a volts” and the “40 acres and a mule” will be for Hispanics in America instead than for the blacks. That’s fundamental change, right?

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Jeff1000 June 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Why should these “children” benefit from the crimes of their guardians?

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Girly1 June 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm

“As I mentioned when I was at La Raza a few weeks back, I wish I had a magic wand and could make this all happen on my own,” Obama told a meeting of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. “There are times where — until Nancy Pelosi is speaker again — I’d like to work my way around Congress.”

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/obama-id-work-my-way-around-congress

Where is Boehner??? Hello!

Three years ago I predicted that the tyrant-in-chief was saving amnesty for the Nov. election. Voila! Watch him stress that this is not ‘a path to citizenship’ – when we alll know illegals do not give a hoot about becoming citizens. They simply want to live and work here permanently and collect benefits. Permission granted!

The unemployment rate among 16 to 29 year olds is higher than it has been since WWII. Americans are now going to have to compete with newly minted illegals who will go to the head of the line! The Dream Act also allows parents, siblings and other ‘caretakers’ to remain in the U.S. with their children. As for being required to live in the States for at least 5 years with a HS diploma – no problemo. Forged documents are easily obtained.

And he told Putin he needed to wait until after the election for more ‘flexibility’.

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langley spook June 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Isnt “La Raza” a border-line ‘terrorist group’?

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Girly1 June 15, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Yep…..and his labor Sec., Hilda Solis, is a charter member of LaRaza….along with the Dem Convention Chair, Antonio Villalagrossa, mayor of Los Angeles.

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Michelle, no not THAT ONE June 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Just heard the speech by Obama: Interesting that he says these young people don’t even speak their native language.Then why are we spending billions on ELL classes and interpreters in the schools? I am an ELL teacher and I can tell you for a fact MOST of these kids identify with their home countries before they identify with the United States. So, now do we add 800,000 new unemployed to the numbers? Unexpectedly, will the unemployment rate go up now? I despise this man!

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RHJohnson June 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I’ve been a conservative on just about every issue for many years. The children of illegal immigrants is one that has been a tough one for me. For example, I know of one girl who is in our country illegally. She can’t go back to her country because of family being at odds with people that want to do them physical harm. She does have a brother here, who is here legally and hopes to work out to live with them, but hasn’t been able to make that happen yet. She’s been here since elementary school and just graduated college. She now speaks English very fluently, was an honor student in college, but now isn’t sure what to do. She firmly believes she can’t go to her country for fear of being physically hurt by those who are enemies of her family. She finds it difficult to get a job at most places in the U.S., wants to support herself, has a degree, so what does she do now? She’s a very good young lady, loves our country, wants to stay and wants to stay legally, but just hasn’t been able to qualify yet. I’m not really sure why, as I’m not expert in this area, but I certainly feel bad for her circumstances.

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gracepmc June 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm

It’s very unfortunate. I am a first generation American with a legal immigrant story. When people enter this country illegally they put themselves and their children at risk. They have benefited from this country and if they want to stay they should apply to do so legally. Sad, yes. And because Barack Obama knows this he has chosen to over ride the laws of this country for his personal political gain. As badly as you might feel, or I might feel, I stand for the laws of this country and the will of the American people.

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RHJohnson June 18, 2012 at 10:22 am

Agreed, I hope she can apply legally. She has had several try to help her to apply for citizenship, public school teachers and others, but all have hit the wall in trying to get it done for some reason, at least done in any reasonable length of time. That’s what one letter from one of the teachers said that I recently read.

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Anonna June 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm

So you know one shining example of a kid whose parents snuck her into our nation for reasons of safety. Why wasn’t she a legal refugee? There certainly are scads of those getting legal access to our nation.. She THINKS that she can’t return to her country – does she KNOW this, or does it make a great story to tell you?

And even if what she said is true, that is ONE person. How about the ones that were smuggled in because relatives bet that someday someone would promote a story such as the one you tell above and all the other little illegal alien cowbirds would be given amnesty right along with the exceptional storied one?

My feeling is that these kids’ issue is with the parents who deprived them of a place to grow up where they could build a legal life. It is not Americans’ problem that the parents were cheats — and we do not have to accept the kid boosted in through our back window as members of our family.

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RHJohnson June 18, 2012 at 10:23 am

Sarcasm is not really called for here. You don’t know her or her situation.

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Lizzy June 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm

You don’t think some of those coming across the border are way under
16 and know exactly what there’re doing? This is a blatant move for votes.
And his use of by executive order is becoming increasingly frightful. The GOP
better get some cojones or America is done for I’m scared and mad.

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wcc June 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I suppose they can vote too! Isn’t that what this is all about?

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gobnait June 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

They can’t but their legal-resident and citizen relatives can. Why the hell do you think Obama did this?

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langley spook June 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm

So? when will the “USA” give Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico & parts of Colorado/Texas back to Mexico…?

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OvertheOs June 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Once again the dictator speaks and our elected officials and Supreme Court does nothing !!

Jobs and benefits for illegals !! NOTHING for citizens or those on the path to citizenship.
For those of you who cast a vote for this man — enjoy your choice. For those who did not — we have a second chance this year. For those too lazy or apathetic to even vote — enjoy the choice you made.

Joint Congresses have been obsolete since the day O was sworn in. The joint Congress will do nothing about this. Not one of them has the courage or fortitude, not one. And when he is re elected, Israel will fall and O will name himself president for life and abolish the Supreme Court and both Congresses.
O WILL be re elected by hook or by crook. Then watch America topple. He has only started.

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cindy lu June 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm

RUBIO is doing the same? isn’t he the conservative darling?

goes to show you

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OvertheOs June 15, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Rubio was working within the American system. O circumvented all of the systems set in place.

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blondie June 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm

If this was presented to Congress and it passed,then so be it,but to just have the Dictator ,oh,I mean the President decide seems illegal.
Can someone tell me how annd when executive privledge can be used. Are there specific circumstances or can the President just do it anytime?

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Owen_Kellogg June 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Amnesty in June
Citizenship by August
Registered to vote by September

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Anotheropinion June 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Obama says with a flourish and wave of his hand, “It’s good to be King.”

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gracepmc June 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Looking for a job? Good luck. There are now 800,000 illegals in front of you.

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gracepmc June 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Perhaps Marco Rubio should polish up that proposal and submit it to Congress. If challenged he can point out that this is the way America makes laws, not by fiat.

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craig fugate June 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm

b.o. shows once more what his and sleazy democrat party secret agenda really is-

GET WHITEY with demographic shift of last 20 yrs that has nearly displaced the former white majority. no one will admit it, but all know it’s true.

sad thing is, it just might work.

lots will be taken in by his fake, cheap compassion for the ‘dreamers.’ big slab of Left bologna, of course.

only bright spot of the charade was the reporter who stood amd challenged the arrogant, lying, rat-bastard. hats off to him.

Sincerely,
Craig Fugate

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MarjoJimbo June 16, 2012 at 6:34 am

What about “preserve, defend, and protect the Constitution to the best of my ability”? Or is he saying he is unable to do so?

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WM June 16, 2012 at 11:39 pm

He would have to believe in the Constitution in order to defend it. Obviously he does not.

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