President Obama said in a video that he will lay out his proposal to overhaul the nation’s immigration system Thursday and will travel to Las Vegas on the heels of that announcement to rally support for his initiative on Friday.
“Tomorrow night I’m going to be announcing here from the White House some steps I can take to start fixing our broken immigration system,” Obama said in a video posted on Facebook Wednesday afternoon.
“Everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken. Unfortunately Washington has allowed the problem to fester for too long,” Obama said. “So what’ I’m going to be laying out is the things I can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better even as I continue to work with Congress and encourage them to get a bipartisan, comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem.
Except it’s not a proposal. It’s an order.
Everyone agrees that there are millions of illegal immigrants in our country. There really is no consensus on what to do about them. But it’s not like there are no laws on the books already.
There are lots of laws already in effect that deal with immigration and naturalization. The problem is that none of those illegal immigrants is in compliance with the law. (That’s why they’re illegal.)
Obama doesn’t want to enforce the laws we have, so he’s gonna change them by executive order. He plans to do this by invoking the “make the system work better” clause of the Constitution. I’m sure future presidents will utilize this unprecedented precedent to rewrite any laws that they find objectionable.
On the bright side, think of all the jobs that will be created rewriting civics textbooks to remove the outdated separation of powers stuff.