Amnesty for illegal aliens begins today and Congress couldn’t care less
by BOB DANE AND KRISTEN WILLIAMS
August 15, 2012
This lazy August morning while many Americans are on vacation blissfully detached from current events, one of President's Obama's most radical transformations of the American landscape takes hold. A lawless, unlegislated illegal alien amnesty becomes reality today as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) begins to officially accept applications (no personal interview required) from almost 2 million illegal aliens seeking "deferred action."
Americans won't like the amnesty and they won't like how it was done, but they're not to blame. Only Congress has the power to act against a president who throws the constitutional system into chaos by nullifying the laws Congress has enacted and governs by imperial edicts. Congress is out of town now, but frankly, even when they were in town they were out of touch and unwilling to challenge President Obama's usurpation of their exclusive plenary authority over immigration policy.
Today's amnesty is the dénouement of the backdoor tactics this president has been peddling since taking office and should have been no surprise to Congress.
They should have stopped it long before it reached this point. After all, for the past 3 and a half years, the administration has bypassed Congress while it systematically dismantled most interior immigration enforcement by gutting programs Congress enacted, rewritten guidelines, and claimed limitless prosecutorial discretion in an effort to allow all but the most violent criminal aliens to remain. "Merely" violating immigration laws is now inconsequential in the eyes of this administration. Yet, with a few exceptions in the House and Senate, Congress has said nothing, done nothing.
In June, the Obama administration further usurped congressional authority by announcing it was unilaterally amending federal immigration policy to grant amnesty to illegal aliens who met criteria similar to that of the failed DREAM Act. This circumvention of congressional power came not in the form of an executive order or regulation, but by a mere policy memorandum authored by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. Shortly afterwards, President Obama publicly declared the new law of the land. Again, Congress sat idly by, surrendering the authority it is granted to regulate immigration to a White House eager to use it for political purposes.