Topic du Jour: The Immigration EO

One day after Time magazine featured articles by prominent immigration activists calling for a revisioning of the nation’s immigration laws, Obama announced an Executive Order that effectively put many of the provisions of the DREAM act into action. Among the new rules:

The policy, effective immediately, will apply to people who are currently no more than 30 years old, who arrived in the country before they turned 16 and have lived in the United States for five years. They must also have no criminal record, and have earned a high school diploma, be in school or have served in the military.

Reaction was immediate and polarizing. At an afternoon press conference to announce the EO, a Daily Caller reporter interrupted the president’s remarks in order to ask a question about the policy change, a move that was roundly criticized by the civility police in the press. The Daily Caller then issued several statements.

Notably, not a single news report of any of the day’s events noted that President Obama had set a new Guinness World Record for being the person to say “Let me be clear” the most in a single lifetime. His record stood at 1 million documented instances of the speech “Let me be clear” by the end of his immigration speech today.

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37 Responses to Topic du Jour: The Immigration EO

  1. DM says:

    I think Obama will lose more than gain from this obvious political move. If he had done it after he lost congress in 2010, it would have been seen as showing that he has enough powers to change the game without congress approval. Today is just another desperate political move.

  2. HELENK says:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/232943-sen-graham-says-obamas-immigration-move-possibly-illegal

    along with Rep Steve King filing a law suit this should be interesting to watch

  3. HELENK says:

    the other night when we were on an Irish music kick, I posted this song. I can not get it out of my mind and today backtrack came closer to making this an American song than an Irish song

    • HELENK says:

      I worked most of my life, married and single. My working made a difference for my family. I worked with women in the same boat. Feminism did not have a thing to do with it. It was to help put food on the table, have medical benefits for the family and to give our kids a better life and a chance to improve their lives.
      Now if a woman has a chance to stay home and raise her children good for her. She is doing a lot of work at home and many times helping a working mother by volunteering at a school, being the chaperone on a class trip and just being there when needed. I thank all the stay at home moms who helped with my kids.
      A true feminist would understand and give credit to the woman who can stay home and help in her way, as well as the woman who goes to an outside job.
      sometimes just being there is the most important and the hardest job a woman can do.

      • djmm says:

        A true feminist wants women to be able to make their own decisions on what works best for them. No shoe fits all women. But feminists over the last 100 years have worked to make the workplace more fair for women who choose to or need to work. It has improved. I remember when a woman could be fired for getting pregnant, even if she were married.

        djmm

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          Today’s young feminists forget that the reason feminism even exists is because once upon a time women weren’t allowed to be in control of their destinies, bodies, or their minds. Self-control is what feminism is.

  4. yttik says:

    Here’s the President on March 28, 2011, explaining why he will not use an executive order for immigration reform:

    MR. RAMOS: Mr. President, my question will be as follows: With an executive order, could you be able to stop deportations of the students?….

    THE PRESIDENT: 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 — and I know that everybody here at Bell is studying hard so you know that we’ve got three branches of government. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws….

    There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President….

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/28/remarks-president-univision-town-hall

    • HELENK says:

      well he was not tanking so much in the polls at that time.
      Now that he is going down like the Hindenburg, he needs something to try and keep him afloat so now it is different

  5. yttik says:

    This is really bad.

    Martin Bashir Showcases Bus Explosions While Discussing Romney Bus Tour

    • HELENK says:

      remember this bus that we got stuck paying for and it was NOT made in America???? Which one would you rather see coming down the road???

      • HELENK says:

        I wish someone could make a video of both busses,

        one looks like dark vader is on board with a toothache

        the other looks like people on board willing to talk to Americans

      • DandyTiger says:

        Which one of these candidates is supposed to be a vampire again?

    • leslie says:

      Is this some kind of terrorist thing? Is he trying to plant thoughts of destroying the Romney’s? He should answer to the FBI. My god, that was horrid,

      • leslie says:

        Let me be clear… This was nothing short of horrifying and MSNBC should be taken to real task for this.

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          Heck yeah. How is that different than covering Obama flying around the country, and the featuring a plane crash? Can you imagine the headlines?

    • WMCB says:

      I notice he slid a little subtle gay slur in there as well. Progs have some sort of compulsion to feel that they can “safely” get their gay hate on, so long as they direct it at an R.

    • lyn5 says:

      Wow! That is really sick. What a bastard!

    • Karma says:

      Ewww…..how is this acceptable on a cable news network? And what happened to the news part?

      The other day when channel surfing MSNBC after Obama’s reboot speech both Bashir and Tingles were freaks during their shows. Practically shouting at the viewers/tv and the yes-men panels they had gathered.

      Tingles did have a bit of a variation though with one segment he had an actual Republican to rail against. Barking questions and twisting answers into something else entirely. Well, what little of ex-RNC Michael Steele’s commentary that he could manage to get out. Tingles twisted and barked until he was answering his own questions.

  6. Oswald says:

    The issue isn’t whether this is good policy or not. It probably is.

    The issue is executive power. Presidents are not kings.

  7. Oswald says:

  8. Oswald says:

    Marco Rubio:

    There is broad support for the idea that we should figure out a way to help kids who are undocumented through no fault of their own, but there is also broad consensus that it should be done in a way that does not encourage illegal immigration in the future. This is a difficult balance to strike, one that this new policy, imposed by executive order, will make harder to achieve in the long run.

    Today’s announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short term answer to a long term problem. And by once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long term one.

  9. HELENK says:

    http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/ICE-Says-It-Wont-Build-Detention-Center-in-Southwest-Ranches-159250585.html

    maybe backtrack was trying to save money. If we stop deportation we do not need detention centers

    • HELENK says:

      this is the comment

      father_moray

      The WAR will be won singularly in the Polling Booth…prepare yourself as you will according to your demographic habits and preferences but your VOTE will move mountains…VOTE- Organize others to Vote…the power is in the VOTE, Tony. Demand Voter ID, protect your vote, police the vote, and follow the vote to make sure it is not corrupted downline by SEIU tech support like Nevada. And if they steal the vote then follow George Washington to the steps of Congress and accept only Freedom. Freedom is worth any price. It doesn’t pay to die under the jack boots of cannibals, tyrants, marxists, Sorosians, IslamoFascists nor democrats!

      Freedom: better pass it on or lose it. You’re a good man, Tony. God Bless you. Salute.

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