Citing a Congress that has stubbornly refused to submit to his will, Barack Obama Monday announced his plan to yet again use executive power to implement his preferred immigration policies.
“I take executive action only when we have a serious problem,” he alleged, “a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing.”
He went on to complain that “the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it’s bad for our economy, and it’s bad for our future.”
In response to House Speaker John Boehner’s announcement that the chamber will not vote on an immigration reform bill this year, the Associated Press reported that Obama decided to act on his own. Fellow leftists in the administration, including Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder, have been tasked with providing Obama with end roads around the legislative process.
Obama's executive actions are a FAR cry from what the Founding Fathers intended. http://t.co/UkoaSReQtI
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) June 30, 2014
As the AP noted, Obama has already deported about as many illegals as the previous administration did in its entire eight year span. Of course, the influx of unaccompanied minors and other border-crossers has coincided with the current administration’s lax attitude toward enforcing existing immigration laws.
The stated goal of his executive action will be to focus on the steady stream of children coming into the country in violation of American law. Reports indicate he hopes to relocate immigration officers to areas of the border hardest hit by the influx.
Prior to his statement Monday, Obama sought $2 billion from Congress in his plan to address what he called an “urgent humanitarian crisis” in a “dignified way.”
The scope of his plan, as well as how the large sum will be apportioned, remains unclear. Reports indicate details will not be released until after the legislature reconvenes following the Independence Day break.
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BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.