Friday, November 21, 2014

A Reasonable Explanation on Obama's Immigration Plan...

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From Slate a reasoned and accurate explanation with respect to President Obama's temporary immigration plan. A fitting rebuttal to the screeching Tea Baggers that have tied themselves in knots over something that is far from new.

The idea that the immigration plan just announced by President Obama is a lawless power grab is absurd. As the Justice Department legal analysis that was just released amply demonstrates, much of the advance criticism of the president’s action has been uninformed and unwarranted. The opinion is well-reasoned and at times even conservative. The president is not acting unilaterally, but pursuant to his statutory authority. Wide discretion over deportation priorities has long been conferred on the executive branch by Congress, and it is being exercised in this case consistent with policies such as family unification that have been endorsed by Congress.

Even though the action is breathtaking in scope, there is nothing legally remarkable about what the administration is doing, or the legal analysis supporting it. The announced “deferred action” provides temporary administrative relief from deportation for aliens who are the parents of citizens, or the parents of lawful permanent residents. “Deferred action” is an exercise of discretion in which officials may temporarily defer the removal of an alien. The grant of deferred action in this case will remain in place for three years, is subject to renewal, and can be terminated at any time at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security. As Eric Posner, who served in the Office of Legal Counsel under the first President Bush, notes, the president “is just doing what countless Congresses have wanted him to do”—setting priorities for deportation enforcement.

Let’s be clear about what the administration has not done in this opinion. No one has been granted “amnesty,” either literally or functionally. And no precedent has been set for this or any future president to act unilaterally in disregard of acts of Congress. On the contrary, the legal opinion rejects a second proposed exercise of discretion—deferring deportation of the parents of “Dreamers”—that Justice concluded cannot be said to carry out priorities established by Congress.

The fundamental fact is this: There are 11.3 million people in the United States who, for one reason or another, are deportable. The largest number that can be deported in any year under the resources provided by Congress is somewhere around 400,000. Congress has recognized this and in 6 U.S.C. 202 (5) it has directed the secretary of homeland security to establish “national immigration enforcement policies and priorities.” In the action announced tonight, the secretary has done just that, and the president has approved
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Full article BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

1 comment:

  1. "Let’s be clear about what the administration has not done in this opinion. No one has been granted 'amnesty,' either literally or functionally. And no precedent has been set for this or any future president to act unilaterally in disregard of acts of Congress.Let’s be clear about what the administration has not done in this opinion. No one has been granted 'amnesty,' either literally or functionally. And no precedent has been set for this or any future president to act unilaterally in disregard of acts of Congress."

    And let's be clear on this: Most of the half-wits at Lisa's and F.T.'s blog are willfully wallowing in ignorance and lies, bellowing at the top of their tiny little voices that the president has broken the law and acted like a tyrant, king, emperor. They repeat that nincompoopery because they've been hearing it from other bloggers, pundits, and FAUX NOOZ opinionators. Not because they've bothered to take the time and understand what the president has done.

    When there's not much going on in one's skull, except name-calling and denigrating thoughtful, decent people like Dave Miller, it is not surprising that those low-information blatherers would get it all wrong and resort to splenetic outbursts, full of moldy rot and signifying nothing. They're to be pitied, and then mocked for their bottomless stupidity.

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