Call his bluff. Let HIM SHOW the nation how little respect he has for the US Constitution, the separation of powers, and The People's choices in representation. JUST DON'T start talking about impeachment when/if he does pen-and-phone the nation's immigration laws....
because that is EXACTLY what he and Democrats are shooting for.
Incrementally, and always under the guise of "fairness", "equality", and "social justice", the US Constitution has been deceitfully interpreted in ways that remove all limitations on central authority...and place them on the people.
There isn't much he can do by executive order and for conservatives to be complaining about Obama wanting to prioritize exporting gang members and felons over people who are neither is about as unprincipled as one can be unless their guiding principle is "What can a say bad about a black person today and hide my prejudice."
The only immigration reform that will work will have to include a system for workers to work their way in place to a Visa and for there to be more work Visas that corresponds to the demand for labor, particularly low skill labor. Giving the INS more discretion in setting those limits based on changing market needs instead of taking an act of congress would be a good step. Our current system discourages foreign investment in the US as it makes it harder for the foreign corporation to get visas for their management to move back and forth because of the limits on visas. In addition the quota system when it comes to Mexico is outdated. It is just not realistic to think that people will wait a decade or more to enter the US to be with their family when they can jump the border. It would also be beneficial to have an online process that allows certain types of people to move more freely back and forth to their country of origins without the slow INS paperwork process. Similar to the talk of expediting frequent flyers with pre-clearance to the security checkpoint, they should deploy a system where certain workers can move back and forth more readily when circumstances warrant without the need to reapply for entry. We could, for instance, have a stable of field workers, construction workers, etc, who could come and go as needed when needed instead of having them squatting in the US between seasons/jobs.
I have an answer for everything...you may not like the answer or it may not satisfy your curiosity..but it will still be an answer. ~ Kal'Stang
My mind and my heart are saying I'm in my twenties. My body is pointing at my mind and heart and laughing its ass off. ~ Kal'Stang
Harry Reid did open the door for using reconcilliation on every single cockimamy bill possible as long as you tie it some way or somehow to the tax code or the budget in even the flimsiest or tertiary of purposes. However, I stand by my belief that such a precedent should be ignored...except for the repealing the law the precedent was set in order to pass...by this Republican congress. This is not a tool that should be used to completely destroy the notion of a fillibuster. I feel the same way in regards to Reids horribly authoritatirn rules regaridng amendments. Republicans need to roll back these things and change course on those precedents, and they need to make their case to the American people as to why they're doing it and exactly WHAT Reids horribly authoritarian senate was previously doing.
Republicans need to call the Presidents bluff, and they should attempt to find about 7 democratic senators to leech off for immigration reform that is primarily focused on border security, enforcement of laws against businesses, and some means of dealing with the people here that doesn't result in full ciitzenship rights now or in the near future. Even if they can't, they need to pass and show that this is the President using his executive authority to unilaterally push things, ignoring the results of the election, with the Democratic minority in the Senate keeping congress from passing any actual law.
However...the President and Administration should be given ZERO input on the shaping of this law. Shut them out entirely. If the Obama Administration wanted to work with he new congress he can wait and then do so. If he takes executive action in the 2 months before they come into power then he should be froze out entirely. Its been six years since he's came into power, yet for some reason it can't possibly wait 2 or so months?
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
I don't know a single person, Republican or Democrat or other, that is clamoring to forgive or legalize a single immigrant who is here illegally.
This will hurt EVERYBODY. In fact, it will most hurt the very people that vote overwhelmingly for the party that is trying to do this to them.
Other than trying to fortify the Democrat party, what possible benefit is there for any American who's just trying to support themselves and their families?
It does nothing but water down our individual power. Nothing more.
Why is Obama so hell-bent on this when almost NOBODY supports him on this?
However, Reid only got rid of the fillibuster for appointments. Not laws. I'm thinking the actual effect will be to force Democrats to fillibuster a bill that their base will not support, but that will risk getting some of them into trouble come 2016. That could be a way for Republicans to flip the maps' natural advantage to Democrats a little bit and/or split the Democrat party and force Obama to veto his own people.
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump