Children brought to America by their parents before they were 16, will not be deported. At least they won’t be deported until after the election. President Barack Obama made a calculated decision last week to implement a segment of the failed Dream Act and give himself a better shot at getting re-elected. Smart political move. Chicago-like move. He did this without the approval of Congress. (Let’s get one thing straight from the get-go — America still welcomes all legal immigrants. Most of us are from immigrant families, with the exception of those who were here to welcome the first settlers.)
Usually when the laws of the land are amended, or ignored as was the case when the president decided to go it alone, without the consent of Congress, one is treading on the Constitution. His decision was strictly political and has those who suggest this is a nation of laws are wide-eyed and flabbergasted by the move. Executive orders are usually reserved for moves that are not in direct conflict with the law of the land. To say to the American people that he has the right to circumvent the laws of this country is to suggest that the laws of this nation no longer apply or that they no longer apply to him and his administration.
Illegal is the key work in all of this. According to Mr. Webster, illegal means “not lawful, not sanctioned by official rules, criminal, wrongful.” So, the president is saying that those who are in the United States illegally are exempt from playing by the rules. Most of those persons that are being given a pass are from Mexico, Central America or South America. They are generally Hispanic. Mr. Obama needs the ever growing Hispanic vote. June is not too early in the political season to try to secure the Hispanic vote.
One thing the president might have forgotten: while the Hispanic vote is a growing segment of the voting population, those who may frown on his blatant disregard of the rule of law might take exception to this move. Even those who may have voted in 2008 for him.
Now might be the time for the president and the voting public to take a look at the oath of office he took: I (Barack Obama) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The 14th Amendment defines citizenship this way: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” But even this does not get specific enough. As usual, the Constitution provides the framework for the law, but it is the law that fills in the gaps. The Constitution authorizes the Congress to create clarifying legislation in Section 5 of the 14th Amendment; the Constitution, in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4, also allows the Congress to create law regarding naturalization, which includes citizenship.
It appears that our president will sidestep his oath of office to secure a voting bloc for the November election. Will he pull a similar October surprise and advocate legalizing marijuana in order to get potheads to vote for him? Have we come to that as a nation — we’ll stand silently by as our laws are sold off for the vote of lawbreakers?