by: the Common Constitutionalist
I recently read an article from the Hill’ s Blog Briefing Room regarding an interview Democrat congressman from Illinois, Rep. Luis Gutierrez gave to Salon.com.
I can’t help but to comment on the article and particularly representative Gutierrez’s silly nonsense regarding illegal immigration.
As always, my comments will be bracketed [ ].
President Obama “has the responsibility” to stop deportations of illegal immigrants if Congress proves unable to pass a comprehensive immigration bill, Rep. Louise Gutierrez (D-Ill.) argued in an interview published Friday. [First, I want to congratulate the blogger for at least calling the “immigrants” what they are… illegal. But I am wondering what authority Mr. Gutierrez thinks the president has to do such a thing. Constitutionally, he has only the authority to dutifully carry out the laws charged by Congress.]
Gutierrez told Salon, “There are devastating effects if the Congress of the United States cannot enact comprehensive immigration reform – then the president of the United States has the responsibility to act to defend those immigrants, which he says he wants to provide safety and justice for”. [We have been living with the same immigration system for years. Now all the sudden, the effects of “inaction” are devastating. And never fall for the whole “comprehensive” plea. In Washington, comprehensive just means, big, fat, bloated, thousands of pages to hide crap you want but don’t want the public to know, omnibus, money wasting bill. And in no way does the president have any responsibility to act to defend criminals. That would be like me having a responsibility to defend someone who broke into my own house.]
In 2012, the Obama administration announced it would stop deporting some illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children under certain circumstances. Gutierrez, who has helped lead the Democrat legislative effort in the house, said the president should “definitely look at” expanding that policy to all 11 million immigrants who have entered the country illegally, if efforts to reform the nation’s laws remain stymied in the Republican-controlled House. [I have heard Obama on more than one occasion lament the fact that he is not a king; that he can’t just do what he wants. By the way, as demonstrated by his actions, he doesn’t really believe that. But congressmen like Gutierrez seem to give no thought at all to granting Obama such power. It appears that he’s never read the Constitution he swore to uphold. And he certainly has given no thought of the consequence of relinquishing the power of the legislature to the executive branch. Ignorant people like him are very dangerous.] read more