As the clock ticks down to Barack Obama’s announcement of immigration reform by executive order, Republicans to continue to howl with such vigor that one might think that a democrat might have fed a hungry child. Between howls they claim they that the President only has the authority to grant immunity from extradition on an individual, case-by-case basis. See the picture below for the Republican alternative. First lets see what Senate Democrats have to say. They we’l1 take a stroll down memory lane.
With the election safely over, congressional Democrats have regained their courage on immigration and are now urging President Obama to go ahead with an executive action on immigration reform. Here’s an excerpt from a letter that several Democratic leaders in the Senate sent today:
The principle behind most of what Obama plans to do falls under the category of "prosecutorial discretion," which means he can decide where best to use the government’s limited law enforcement resources. Just like previous presidents, he can decide that resources should be directed in a certain way, which effectively means that certain immigrants will be free to stay in the country simply because no one will be targeting them for deportation…
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To bring you recent history of immigration reform by executive action, Rachel Maddow provided superior coverage.
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There you have it. The executive action Obama is planning is absolutely no different from the executive actions on immigration by GHW “We wish he’d worn a rubber!” Bush and the patron saint of the Republican Party, Saint Ronnie Ray Gun. Where were the Republican howls of outrage when they did it?