President Obama said as recently as March 2014 that his executive order allowing certain illegal immigrants who came as children to stay in the United States was already a stretch, begging the question of how the president could possibly be considering welcoming to legal status SEVERAL MILLION MORE illegals.
Obama spoke during a “town hall” with Hispanic TV networks Univision and Telemundo:
“That already stretched my administrative capacity very far,” Obama said. “At a certain point, the reason that the deportations are taking place is Congress said you have to enforce these laws.”
At the time, the president, who was trying to justify to his Latino audience his lack of unilateral action, still had hope that Congress might pass a bill. And so he sounded like the rule of law might mean something.
“I cannot ignore those laws anymore than I can ignore any of the other laws on the books,” Obama said of the deportations he was allowing.
Well, circumstances have changed. There’s not going to be any immigration reform this year, and maybe not next year or the one after. And so it’s time to throw the old principles out the window and get some new ones better suited to the prevailing political climate.
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that Obama is set to circumvent another law he doesn’t like, changing things around so that companies can no longer evade high U.S. corporate taxes by “inverting” – moving their headquarters overseas.
Obama’s political fixer over at Treasury, Jack Lew, who also runs the place, said “time is of the essence” because the United States is going to lose tax revenue. Can’t wait for legislation. As the Michelle would say, Let’s move!
From the Times piece:
“Time is of the essence,” Mr. Lew said in an interview. “We are looking at a very long list of possible ways to address the issue.”
While Mr. Lew said he believed legislation was the “best solution” for addressing the issue, the recent flood of inversions has persuaded Mr. Obama’s team that quicker action may be necessary.
“If we have to wait for what is the likely period of time before business tax reform can be enacted,” he said, “I think we’re all going to regret the number of inversions that have occurred in the interim.”
Lew had previously believe he didn’t have the power to act unilaterally. Previously, as in last month.