Retired Army Lt. Col. and former Florida Congressman Allen West says that President Barack Obama’s executive order allowing the U.S. military to recruit and enlist certain illegal immigrants violates both the Constitution and federal law.
Appearing recently on Fox News Channel’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” West agreed with Judge Jeanine Pirro’s argument that the Obama administration is violating federal law under Title 18 U.S. Code § 922 (d)(5)(a), which prohibits the arming of anyone known to be in the country illegally.
But, you know, when has law ever meant anything to Barack Hussein Obama?” West asked rhetorically.
West said the bigger issue has to do with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which West refers to as “a DREAM Act,” enacted by President Obama by executive order. He says that program, which allows the illegal immigrants to remain in the country in the first place, is unconstitutional.
But the more important thing that we have to come to understand is if you go to the Constitution, to Article I, Section VIII, Clause number 4, that says that only the Congress has the ability to make rules or laws in regards to naturalization; the president does not have that,” West said. “And so, when you go back and look at the executive order he did, calling it a DREAM Act, you look at this edict that he has sent down, it is an unlawful order.”
The decorated Iraq War veteran argued that because President Obama’s order to recruit, enlist, and arm immigrants under the new program is unlawful, commanders would be “well within their rights” to ignore it.
Watch the segment from “Justice with Judge Jeanine” here (H/T Western Journalism):
Obama’s actions are patently unconstitutional, but with Eric Holder as attorney general, as Judge Jeanine points out, it’s highly unlikely that anyone from the Justice Department will call him on it. It’s even less likely that Obama will appoint as Holder’s replacement anyone more likely to investigate his administration than Holder is.
That means that it’s up to Congress and the American people to hold this president accountable for his lawless disregard for the American Constitution.