Amnesty for illegal aliens begins today and Congress couldn’t care less

Family Security Matters

This lazy August morning while many Americans are on vacation blissfully   detached from current events, one of President’s Obama’s most radical   transformations of the American landscape takes hold. A lawless, unlegislated   illegal alien amnesty becomes reality today as the United States Citizenship and  Immigration Service (USCIS) begins to officially accept applications (no   personal interview required) from almost 2 million illegal aliens seeking  “deferred action.”

Americans won’t like the amnesty and they won’t like how it was done, but   they’re not to blame.  Only Congress has the power to act against a  president  who throws the constitutional system into chaos by nullifying the laws  Congress  has enacted and governs by imperial edicts. Congress is out of town  now, but  frankly, even when they were in town they were out of touch and  unwilling to  challenge President Obama’s usurpation of their exclusive plenary  authority  over immigration policy.

Today’s amnesty is the dénouement of the backdoor tactics this president has   been peddling since taking office and should have been no surprise to  Congress.

They should have stopped it long before it reached this point. After all, for  the past 3 and a half years, the  administration has bypassed Congress  while  it systematically dismantled most interior immigration enforcement by  gutting  programs Congress enacted, rewritten guidelines, and claimed limitless     prosecutorial discretion in an effort to allow all but the most  violent  criminal aliens to remain. “Merely” violating immigration laws is now   inconsequential in the eyes of this administration. Yet, with a few exceptions   in the House and Senate, Congress has said nothing, done nothing.

In June, the Obama administration further usurped congressional authority by   announcing it was unilaterally amending federal immigration policy to grant   amnesty to illegal aliens who met criteria similar to that of the failed DREAM   Act. This circumvention of congressional power came not in the form of an   executive order or regulation, but by a mere policy memorandum authored by the   Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. Shortly afterwards, President   Obama publicly declared the new law of the land.  Again, Congress sat idly  by,  surrendering the authority it is granted to regulate immigration to a White   House eager to use it for political purposes.

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