Obama Argues against His Edict

“What Obama has in mind isn’t some kind of miracle or the coming apocalypse. It’s just a legitimate exercise of the power that any president would have under the Constitution and our system of government.” – Ruben Navarette, CNN 11/16/14

Fact Check: In the passage above, illegal alien advocate Ruben Navarette justifies President Obama’s unconstitutional edict granting legal status and work permits to five million illegal aliens. Rather than take the time to write a refutation of Navarette’s claim, we at AIC Foundation would like to cite a writer who has made the case against Obama’s edict more eloquently than probably we could do it. The name of that writer was Barack Obama in the days before he yielded to political expediency and decided to ignore the Constitution. The following is what he said:

“I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. . . . Not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.” (7/25/11)

“I am president, I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself. We have a system of government that requires the Congress to work with the Executive Branch to make it happen.” (10/25/10)

“The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.” (2/15/13)

“[U]ntil Congress passes a new law, then I am constrained in terms of what I am able to do.” (3/6/14)

“[I]f we start broadening that [executive actions], then essentially I would be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally. So that’s not an option.” (9/17/13)

“I, as the President, am obligated to enforce the law. I don’t have a choice about that. … With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed. . . . [F]or me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.” (3/28/11)

“[T]here are those in the immigrants’ rights community who have argued passionately that we should simply provide those who are [here] illegally with legal status, or at least ignore the laws on the books and put an end to deportation until we have better laws. . . . [T]his could lead to a surge in more illegal immigration.” (7/1/10)



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