Looks like President Obama doesn’t want any immigration blowback interrupting his August vacation.
White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer Sunday indicated Obama’s expected move to provide legal status to millions of illegal immigrants will occur around Labor Day. Responding to a question from George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week about whether the executive action would be handed down “in September,” Pfeiffer replied, “It’ll be at the end of the summer.”
Pfeiffer pretended there was some kind of formal process exogenous to the White House – where the real power lies – in play, saying Obama would not act until he got “recommendations” from Attorney General Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Johnson, and that those weren’t due until end of summer.
But you and I know Obama simply doesn’t want all the shpitt hitting the fan while he’s on Martha’s Vineyard August 9-24, or ruining a possible three-day Labor Day Weekend golf extravaganza.
Pfeiifer offered up the usual White House drivel about Obama needing to do something because Congress won’t bend to his will.
Because of Congress’ failure to fix the immigration system and to pass the supplemental appropriations will need to deal with the specific crisis on the border, the president has no choice but to act.
Really? No choice?
Where in the Constitution does it say that if Congress fails to act, the president must write his own laws?
Actually, just last November, as Stephanopoulos pointed out, Obama himself couldn’t find such a provision:
If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so. But we’re also a nation of laws. That’s part of our tradition.
I dunno, maybe he went rummaging through the Federalist Papers between tees Saturday.
Or maybe we’re no longer a nation of laws.