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Obama’s Orwellian Doublespeak on Immigration

The thing I found most disconcerting about President Obama’s decision to create a new law without the help of Congress was his explanation for it.

Friday, as you know, Obama unilaterally announced a new class of illegal aliens who are exempt from the nation’s laws regarding deportation, deciding that those who came here illegally before their 16th birthday and have not passed their 30th will not be deported.

One of our readers wondered whether the new legislation required a two thirds vote within the West Wing or just a simple majority. Perhaps it has to be passed both in the East Wing – where the first lady works – and the West Wing before heading to the president for signing.

This frightening new reality – that the president has decided he can create his own laws – was justified in truly Orwellian fashion. In phrasing that would have made Soviet-era Kremlin propagandists glow with fraternal pride, Obama described his new law as a mere administrative reallocation of “resources.”

Here’s what he said Friday:

In the absence of any immigration action from Congress to fix our broken immigration system, what we’ve tried to do is focus our immigration enforcement resources in the right places . . . This is not a path to citizenship.  It’s not a permanent fix.  This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people.

Similarly, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano objected that the executive branch need not “blindly” enforce the law, and must use its “discretion.”

Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner. 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. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.

Obama’s true rationale for the new law he has created is that he wants more political support from Latinos, and he didn’t get the legislation from Congress that he wanted. In fact, with respect to the latter issue, he said as much, explaining that . . .

I have said time and time and time again to Congress that, send me the DREAM Act, put it on my desk, and I will sign it right away.

Language, in the hands of governments desperate to safeguard and enhance their power, is an exceedingly powerful and dangerous thing. Language, in the form of doublespeak, is used to justify all sorts of tyrannies, petty and great, and if repeated often enough can start to evolve from obvious deception into accepted truth.

Think of what the president has done here. Let’s say, if Obama is reelected, the Supreme Court in 2013 decided that there is no right to abortion in the Constitution, and Congress followed up by outlawing the practice.

Can anyone, at this point, imagine Obama enforcing this law? I can’t. He’ll either interpret the Constitution for himself, or he’ll employ the weapon of language. You can just hear it:

My Justice Department has to make decisions about the allocation of its limited resources, and we’ve decided that prosecution of doctors for performing abortions is not the best use of our attorneys’ time and the department’s money. Who among my opponents would claim we should risk letting rapists, murderers, and armed robbers evade conviction while the hard working men and women of the Department of Justice divert themselves by trying to prosecute doctors for seeking to help women?

A republic is defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as . . .

a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law.

The United States is a republic. A republic requires the rule of law. If laws are not enforced, or if our government only pretends to enforce them, then we are lawless, and we cannot be a republic.

37 Responses to Obama’s Orwellian Doublespeak on Immigration

    • Applause to you! This is so true. As I have said to people who are in favor of the President’s actions,”the next President may not be the guy you agree with and what if he decides to ignore a law?” Its just a bad precedent.

  1. Obama is not an American. He is a community organizer. Such is fundamentally hostile to the system in place and searches for ways to subvert it, manipulate it, and achieve goals following only those laws and rules that help out.

    An American reveres our nation. An American doesn’t put his feet on historic artifacts, doesn’t have a wife who sweats and sack hops around amid national treasures.

    The Obamas have made it clear that they are living in the White House because it’s free and comes with perks. I believe The One was clear from the start that the Presidency was a distasteful necessity that he must assume to have power.

    Great analysis, Keith. Can we afford to wait until November to stop this sort of thing? Are their any elected or appointed officials who will DO SOMETHING?

  2. “immigration laws must be enforced…..not designed to be blindly enforced…..”? (This must be my WTF?? moment of the day) JUSTICE IS SUPPOSED TO BE “BLIND”, Mr. law professor! Thats the basis for this country’s legal system. Everyone is treated the same way.

  3. Great piece, Keith! I cannot for the life of me understand why Congress and Mr. Romney are not out there screaming their lungs out! We are now in a State of lawlessness! This is not just a bare-naked power grab – it is an act of tyranny. Obama himself has said several times that as much as he would like to bypass Congress – there are rules a President must abide by. Are our leaders (and Mr. Romney) so fearful of losing the Latino vote that they are willing to compromise the Constitution and ignore the criminal activity of this insane dictator? If so, they all deserve to lose their jobs! Where are the Romney ads featuring Obama’s own words??? Sheesh!

  4. What stuns me MOST in this is the Republican near NON response. Why the quiet, and resolve? Why are the acquiescing to Obama? Does anyone on the Right have any kind of backbone?

    The Constitution is being replaced by political largesse and a near dictatorship…as our elected representatives just sit idly by, cowering afraid to be called “RAAAACIST” for challenging Dear Leader on ANY thing.

    Where has our Country gone?

  5. I think NOT questioning Obama on his unilateral immigration action is racist! Does the press think because our president is black he can’t handle questions shouted at press conferences like all presidents before him? It’s disgraceful to belittle and handle the president with kid gloves because of his race. He studied at ivy league schools and should be more than capable to handle press questions…especially in his third year in office. Enough of racism by the press corps.

  6. If we can put aside the stunning breach of the constitution and the pandering to the Hispanic vote, this new initative/order/proclaimation is fraught with loopholes, misunderstandings and another tangle of illogical regulations.

    Ages 16 to 30 are the criteria set by MrO, but what of their husbands, wives and children who may also be illegal or the 31 year old brother/sister. A 16yr old is not considered an adult, so do their parents get the same arrangement as their child.What kind of proof of age is required if the child was born in Mexico where not all children are registered with the state.

    Not only is this Executive order illegal and possibly a cause for a charge of malfeasence for refusing to not enforce existing federal law, but it is a con of the basest order to fool the Hispanic community to garner votes for MrO’s reelection. No President has the authority or right to direct anyone to ignore existing laws no matter what the reasoning.
    It is NOT the “right thing to do”.

    • Yes, how will these people prove they were brought here before age 16? I can hear the fake i.d. mills grinding out papers even as I type this sentence.

      And like those amnesty plans that reward the illegal who has run his scam for 25 years and deports the illegal who’s only been cheating us for 24 years — or 24 years and 11 months — there is no sense in rewarding illegal behavior at all.

      Even if the illegal was a babe in arms when carried into the U.S., he/she became an adult illegal at age 18 and from that point onward is responsible for maintaining an illegal presence in the U.S.

      And why should we believe that all these “youth” who meet the criteria are going to be such contributors to our future? A GED or high school diploma is not much of an achievement. And if illegal aliens are in our military, I’d sure like to know why they are allowed into the ranks — they have shown their respect for our nation already by staying here illegally.

  7. For the first time in my life I am truly worried about our Nation. If he gets another 4 years I don’t think we will survive as a Republic. He is doing everything he can to dismantle the Constitution one piece at a time…

  8. Great analysis Keith. The bypassing of Congress and governing by executive fiat scares the hell out of me and should scare every American. How does one prove that they came to this country prior to their 16th birthday? I know, show their Mexican passport and note when it was stamped at the border…..give me a break. Shameless political pandering of the worst order. I’m hoping that Latinos are smarter that he thinks. Obama and Napolitano should both be prosecuted.

  9. Let’s see here…sues Arizona claiming its a federal issue /law to enforce then publicly proclaims will not support or enforce the same laws. Articles of impeachment anyone?

  10. The press used to be one of the counterbalancing forces of our elected representitives. The gathered press corps that have the privilege to attend WH activities to report on the actions these elected officials should have ALL interrupted the President.
    It would be a logical conclusion that if this president thinks he can suspend the legality of U.S. immigration policy, can also suspend the legality of the “free press.”
    So the press now has a choice: Sit by and watch a dismanting of our basic freedoms, or begin to defend the republic from all enemies foreign and domestic.

  11. so, our constitutionally educated law professor president just declared a new law that discriminates who will be deported and who will not based on age discrimination? Six illegal aliens on the corner, one is 14 and two are in their late 30’s and they are picked up and sent back to their home country while the 3 others they were with get to stay.

    Yepper, we sure are lucky to have such a brilliant man as our president.

  12. The O Team and his minions remind me of nothing more than low level technicians who make stuff up according to what day it is and how they feel when they roll out in the morning. What a fat lot of nonsense this all is. Today I need the Hispanic vote…tomorrow not so much.

  13. Besides putting aside the Constitution, this is an odd thing to do politically. Pandering to the Hispanic vote must indicate that the campaign assumes the AfAms are going to sit on thier hands for this election: he can’t count on them.
    So now he pits Blacks against Hipanics across the board: jobs, education, health care.

  14. Excellent post, Keith.

    The United States is a republic. A republic requires the rule of law. If laws are not enforced, or if our government only pretends to enforce them, then we are lawless, and we cannot be a republic.

    Well, that is BY DESIGN! That is what he meant when he said he wanted to “fundamentally transform America”. I will never forget (nor forgive) the morons in this country who did not question that statement and ask what exactly did he want to change.

  15. The first step to recovery is recognizing the problem.

    Admit we are a Socialist nation. Stop whining and do something about it.

  16. What is really scary is what he will be like if he is re-elected and has more “flexibility.” Then the real dicator will be out for us all to see.

  17. Excellent article Keith. These are very frightening times. Why aren’t the leaders of the other two usurped branches of government – judiciary and legislature – screaming their objections to his actions? It is frightening that so many people are just ho-humming at his most recent power grab. At least there are a few in Congress, like LTC Allen West, who have the courage to tell the American people the truth…

    “What country did we wake up in on Friday?,” West asked. “It just causes people to ask, where are we? You know, the last time we had this was with King George III, and we didn’t like it too much. And I think that you’re seeing the resurrection of an imperial presidency, and the arrogance thereof. To think that you can come out and basically tell the American people that this is what we’re going to do … and don’t question me.”

  18. What people need to understand is that there are many restrictions with this new regulation. Before applying, it’s important to speak to an immigration attorney to find out if you are eligible and to better understand what deferred action actually means.

    • Shoulda figured this latest decree would involve another special interest payoff. Just like the trial attorneys were paid off in Obamacare, immigration attorneys get their payoff when King Putt confounds our immigration laws. Don’t think you’ll get too many clients from Keith’s blog, counselor.

  19. As somebody else said…isn’t this discrimination? What about all the illegals who do not fall within those age ranges? Does this apply only to Hispanics, so he can get their vote? Or is it other illegals as well? This guy is a train wreck.

  20. where are all the people who were outraged by Bush’s “imperial presidency”? I haven’t heard any screams from them about this illegal power play.

    as to the decision itself, tho…this may be a stupid question, but weren’t they ALREADY going after criminals rather than law-abiding teenagers? I mean, if I was in charge of immigration policy, I would certainly try to deport the rapists, robbers, and drug cartel members before the teen honors student.

    but I’ve never worked in Washington…so I probably have that all wrong.

  21. By your definition of a Republic, we sadly, haven’t been one for a number of years and under a number of administrations, both Republican and Democrat .