BUT WILL THEY?
by Sharon Rondeau
Since 2009, Obama has been promising action on “immigration reform” with or without a bill from Congress. News reports say that Obama has been meeting with illegal-alien advocates and Democrat congressmen at the White House for their input.
Obama says he cannot wait any longer for Congress to send him an immigration bill “that he can sign.”
According to usgovinfo, “Thirty days after being published in the Federal Register, executive orders take effect. While they do bypass the U.S. Congress and the standard legislative law making process, no part of an executive order may direct the agencies to conduct illegal or unconstitutional activities.”
Article I, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution delegates lawmaking solely to the Congress. The concept of separation of powers was designed so that no branch of government would become too powerful over the people, who are the arbiters over who governs them.
According to ThisNation.com:
Executive Orders (EOs) are legally binding orders given by the President, acting as the head of the Executive Branch, to Federal Administrative Agencies. Executive Orders are generally used to direct federal agencies and officials in their execution of congressionally established laws or policies. However, in many instances they have been used to guide agencies in directions contrary to congressional intent.
Not all EOs are created equal. Proclamations, for example, are a special type of Executive Order that are generally ceremonial or symbolic, such as when the President declares National Take Your Child To Work Day. Another subset of Executive Orders are those concerned with national security or defense issues. These have generally been known as National Security Directives. Under the Clinton Administration, they have been termed “Presidential Decision Directives.”
Executive Orders do not require Congressional approval to take effect but they have the same legal weight as laws passed by Congress. The President’s source of authority to issue Executive Orders can be found in the Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution which grants to the President the “executive Power.” Section 3 of Article II further directs the President to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” To implement or execute the laws of the land, Presidents give direction and guidance to Executive Branch agencies and departments, often in the form of Executive Orders.
In June 2012, Obama declared that illegals under the age of 31 brought to the U.S. by their parents when they were younger than 16 years of age could qualify for deferred action on pending removal proceedings if they met certain criteria. In June, Obama’s “DACA” program was renewed without the approval of Congress, and Congress did nothing.
Parents of those deemed eligible for “DACA” have demanded that they obtain a reprieve from the threat of deportation in Obama’s expected action.
Obama favors a “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens.
Obama himself may be an illegal alien, as his birth certificate and Selective Service registration form have been discovered to be “computer-generated forgeries” by a criminal investigation commenced in September 2011. No other documentation has been provided showing that Obama is a “natural born Citizen,” as the Constitution requires for the office of president, or even a statutory “citizen” by birth in the country under certain conditions or naturalization.
In September 2013, the AP reported that an ICE “internal memo” written in 2010 contained a list of “pros” and “cons” which the Obama regime knew were controversial. In quoting from the memo, AP wrote that, “Opponents of the registration program will characterize it as ‘amnesty’,” and the Homeland Security secretary would “face criticism that she is abdicating her charge to enforce the immigration laws.”
Until very recently, the mainstream media generally has been uncritical of Obama and failed to ask “tough” questions as to the constitutionality of his planned “executive action.” While the media is expected to take no position on any issue, it is a journalist’s job to inquire as to the basis and ramifications of any proposed policy changes or legislation contemplated by anyone in government under the First Amendment.
Obama has arguably “ruled” by executive fiat given that he has announced multiple unilateral changes to Obamacare which likely were politically-motivated; entered into agreements with foreign countries without Senate approval; and issued executive orders, whose purpose is to clarify policies or declare a state of emergency, in place of congressional passage of a bill.
On Thursday morning, CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller, who The Post & Email has been following for at least the last year on Twitter, tweeted, “How many undocumented immigrants will get legal status? Why them? Why not others? And on what legal authority is Pres Obama acting?”
This is the first instance in which The Post & Email has observed Knoller asking questions about Obama’s actions. Our response to him was “Is the MSM finally starting to question the usurper?” to which we received no response, as is customary.
The media has failed to question Obama or his spokesman about the forgery of his identifying “documents.” The lead investigator of the probe which concluded beyond a doubt that forgery occurred has said publicly that Congress is aware but has refused to take action.
On Thursday, Congress was scheduled to leave Washington for the Thanksgiving break. Rep. Steve King of Iowa has stated that he will remain in Washington and that Obama “is throwing this nation into a crisis.”
King is the same congressman who has said that Obama “was not raised with an American experience.”
On Wednesday evening, Obama invited only congressional Democrats to dinner “to discuss the executive actions on immigration he plans to announce to the nation in a prime-time address,” The Hill reported.
Late on Wednesday afternoon, two congressmen sent a letter to Obama “imploring” him to work with Congress on the issue of illegal aliens but also threatening to use Congress’s constitutional authority to “stop your administration from successfully carrying out your plan.”
The mainstream media does not appear to have reported on the letter published by the North American Law Center.
Obama claims he will be acting on “lawful authority” with regard to his immigration declaration Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. EST. The four major broadcast networks were reportedly not asked, nor did they request, to carry the address.
Just before press time, Knoller tweeted:
As reported by USA Today, Sen. Tom Coburn has warned of the possibility of “violence” in response to Obama’s expected executive order.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.