President Barack Obama delivers remarks from the Rose Garden. Image Credit: Sonya N. Hebert via whitehouse.gov
From Gun Walking To Illegals Flocking - Obama's Deadly Border Policies
The president and the Democrat political party are running scared. They are never comfortable unless they have their agenda placed ahead of, or in spite of, common sense or the rule-of-law.
This week we were able to see the contrast of two completely different policies that have life and death consequences; one that had already been implemented presumably to place greater federal control on firearms, and the other, announced just this week, with the stated intent to have our immigration laws become more humane.
The first instance is getting a lot of attention on Capitol Hill because the consequence of people dying at the hands of actions put forward by President Barack Obama's Department of Justice (DoJ) headed by the Attorney General, Eric Holder.
In a program named by the DoJ - Fast and Furious - previously identified guns were sold to known Mexican national drug cartel operatives and human smugglers and allowed to cross the border into Mexico so that the DoJ could eventually recover them and make a case that would allow this 44th Presidency and its executive branch to make the 2nd Amendment less strong and further reduce the ability of US citizens and gun sellers to have firearms. The slang for this policy has become known as "Gun Walking" and it was proven to have killed US Government border agent Brian Terry and countless other human beings along the border with these DoJ owned and sold firearms.
The second instance involves the 44th President himself and the proclamation he made to the press in the Rose Garden located just outside of the White House.
This excerpted and edited from the Los Angeles Times -
The Obama administration announced Friday it would halt the deportation of some young illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children. Here is a nuts-and-bolts guide to the policy shift [that bypassed Constitutional procedure and the rule-of-law].
Who is eligible?
To be eligible, an individual must have come to the United States before age 16 and must have continuously lived in the country for at least five years. He or she must be living in the U.S. today and must be 30 or younger. The person must also be in school, have a high school diploma or a GED, or be a member of the military or an honorably discharged veteran. Anyone convicted of a felony, serious misdemeanor or multiple misdemeanors or who otherwise poses a threat to national security is not eligible.
How many people will be eligible?
The administration estimates that 800,000 people will be affected by the policy change. Some estimates climb higher; the Pew Hispanic Center says the new guidelines could benefit as many as 1.4 million people.
Does this provide a path to citizenship?
No. The policy only allows for two years of "deferred action," meaning that deportation would be delayed for that period. After two years, a person could apply for a renewal, which would extend the deportation freeze for another two years. Only Congress can establish a path to citizenship
Does this allow people to get a work permit?
Yes, if a person is eligible under this policy, he or she may apply for work authorization.
How does this affect the Dream Act [the appropriate Constitutional procedure and the rule-of-law]?
The Dream Act, a bill that would establish a path to citizenship for students or members of the military who came to the country illegally as minors, has repeatedly stalled in Congress. President Obama supports the measure. In his State of the Union address in January, he urged Congress to revisit the bill, but there is currently no version under consideration by Congress. Sen. Marco Rubio, a freshman Republican from Florida, has floated an alternative Dream Act that would create a nonimmigrant visa for qualifying students, but would not create a path to citizenship. Rubio has not yet introduced specific legislation; on Friday, he called the administration's plan "a short-term answer to a long-term problem."
If I am eligible under this new policy, can I get a driver's license?
Each state has its own policy on whether noncitizens may have driver's licenses. California Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman Mike Marando would not comment Friday on how this new policy would affect Californians.
An excerpted and edited reaction from a government and environmental regulations attorney and political/culture topics radio host, Hugh Hewitt -
An Imperial and Imperious President
Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 3:33 PM ET - 6/15/2012
Don't be diverted by president's rhetoric, a reporter's trespass on the rules, or the president's walk-away without answering questions.
What matters here is President Obama's enormous grab of power, and it is an enormous grab of power.
If the president can do this vis-a-vis [with] this category of immigrants he can do it vis-a-vis any category of immigrants.
And if he can do it vis-a-vis immigration law, he can do it vis-a-vis other laws, whenever [he feels] his standard of "justice" is satisfied.
The president rightly said [in a CNN interview] last year he could not do this. Now, because his political fortunes are falling fast, he grabs for a power no other president in U.S. history has ever asserted.
That's the story. And most of MSM will miss it because one reporter shouted a question and a flailing president pouted.
One more question: Has the president added to the marginal incentive for a parent to take minor children across the border regardless of the dangers involved in the crossing?
And there lies the rub, President Barack Obama, in his pursuit of a direct power solution/modification in the nation's immigration laws [which he may not truly have under the Constitution of the United States] during the lead up to an election, at the beginning of a hot and dangerous summer season, has signaled to every desperate family in Mexico (which currently has an 11% unemployment) wanting to provide a better live for their children (under 30 with black market documentation) that the border is open and will not be regulated by forces controlled by the Obama Administration ... and the DoJ!
Let the human suffering begin under the name of "humane immigration" with this overreaching presidential modification of our improperly applied and enforced immigration policies during Carter's Second Term.
From Gun Walking to Illegals Flocking ... this president has and will bring a flood of unnecessary death and suffering to our nation's Southern border.
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