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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Obama beyond the pale 2

The second occasion in which I believe that Obama has gone beyond his authority is in his announcement that he would cease to enforce some of the immigration laws.  I agree that the laws are pretty bad, but he has taken the job of seeing that the laws are faithfully executed. Three years ago he deferred to the will of Congress when they declined to adopt the "Dream Act".  Now he is not willing to do that.  Now he just acts as if the Dream Act had passed.

It has been claimed that this is just "prosecutorial discretion" which doesn't work since the occasions are neither "rare" nor "close calls".  Therefore, he has, de facto, just rewritten the immigration law and that is the job of the Congress.

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