Administrative Amnesty for Illegal Aliens is a Blatant Usurpation of Congress's Const

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    CALL YOUR REPESENTIVES FOLKS. and any Republicans CALL the Presidential candidates that are running.

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    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) responded sharply to today's White House announcement that it will essentially halt enforcement against illegal aliens who have not been convicted of criminal offenses. Today's move by the Obama administration amounts to an administrative amnesty and a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration policy without approval by Congress, charged FAIR. The announcement was posted on the White House website.

    Under the guise of setting priorities for immigration enforcement, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Munoz lays out entire classes of illegal aliens who will no longer be subject to enforcement. The plan entails dropping existing cases and taking "steps to keep low-priority cases out of the deportation pipeline in the first place," Munoz writes.

    "Today's policy announcement clearly demonstrates the Obama administration's defiance of both the constitutional separation of powers and the will of the American public in its relentless effort to gain amnesty for illegal aliens," stated Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "From the outset, the administration has refused to enforce many immigration laws, essentially placing its own political agenda ahead of its constitutional responsibilities to carry out laws enacted by Congress. It has also acted aggressively to prevent state governments from implementing laws aimed at discouraging illegal immigration, including filing lawsuits against Arizona and Alabama.


    "Supporters of comprehensive and targeted amnesties for illegal aliens have consistently failed to win approval by Congress or gain support from the American public," Stein noted. "Having failed in the legislative process, the Obama administration has simply decided to usurp Congress's constitutional authority and implement an amnesty program for millions of illegal aliens."

    The announcement seemingly comes in response to growing demands from illegal alien advocates that the administration exercise broad discretionary powers not to enforce laws against entire classes of people who are in the country illegally. "In spite of repeated statements from President Obama himself that he lacks the constitutional authority to implement an amnesty by executive fiat, the administration is now doing precisely that," said Stein.

    "This step by the White House amounts to a complete abrogation of the President's duty to enforce the laws of the land and a huge breach of the public trust. Never, in the history of federal immigration enforcement, has an administration willfully and so egregiously usurped Congress's and the people's role to decide immigration issues. In essence, the administration has declared that U.S. immigration is now virtually unlimited to anyone willing to try to enter – and only those who commit violent felonies after arrival are subject to enforcement. This is not the nation's immigration law," concluded Stein.

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    Its called prosecutorial discretion. Law enforcement agencies and local and state counsel make these kinds of decisions all the time.

    Obama wants immigration enforcement to focus on finding and deporting criminal aliens. His decision is completely understandable. Congress can, of course, foreclose such discretion with specific legislation countermanding it.
     
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    Well, in that case that would be EVERY illegal who crossed into this country illegally. Geez, what a concept. When you cross into a country without the permission of that country, you have already committed a crime - even if considered a 'minor' offense. The man is looking for votes but he will be surprised to find that most of the latinos who vote are against the illegal entry!
     
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    Congress has no power over the policies of The Citizenship and Immigration Service or ICE other than what it can do to revise the Immigration and Naturalization Act or set its budget.

    Immigration policy is a purely Executive role governed by administrative law. Congress has no say in how it is run.

    Btw The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is run by neo-nazis who are against all immigration Their credibility is zero.
    The Maddow Blog - Racist roots of Arizona's immigration law
    FAIR Embraces Racist Founder | Hatewatch | Southern Poverty Law Center
     
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    A tragedy to say the least. When we have a fool in the highest office, that can be very, very dangerous. And it seems as if we have.
     
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    Why is he doing this rather then going through Congress?

    Easy.

    Congress won't pass an amnesty bill so he's going around them.

    This is Obama trying to pull the Hispanic vote to his side similar to the black vote. If he gets both he won't need to work so hard getting independents.

    Anyone who tries to stop him will be labeled a racist.

    Perfect.
     
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    Note to Hispanics: This means Obama has shelved Amnesty permanently.
     
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    It is part and parcel with his efforts to give the appearance of action, while really sitting on his ass.

    Latinos aren't the only solid Democrat constituency he has screwed over like this.
     
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    Obama thinks that he is above the law on everything, take for example his threats to invoke the 14th amendment over the debt (crisis). No where in the 14th amendment does it say or even imply that the executive branch has authority to enforce any part of the amendment. You would think that a constitutional scholar such as Obama would know this.

    In fact section 5 of amendment 14 states:
    Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

    Now congress has voted down the Dream Act so Obama is taking it upon himself to circumvent the rule of law by issuing an executive order, which is an usurpation of the legislative powers of congress, to allow amnesty as Obama see's fit.

    The Executive Branch was never intended to have the power to usurp congress, and Obama's attempt to do so is grounds for impeachment.Article I, Section 1 of the United States Constitution is concise in its language, "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives." When the Constitution was proposed, those opposed to a strong central government, the anti-Federalists, argued that there was no Bill of Rights to protect the people and that a centralized government would become too powerful, usurping the rights of the individual States.

    The greatest fear the founders of this nation had was the establishment of a strong central government and a strong political leader at the center of that government. They no longer wanted kings, potentates or czars, they wanted a loose association of States in which the power emanated from the States and not from the central government.

    Many of the fears of the founding fathers may now be coming to fruition. Today, the executive branch of the government is immensely powerful, much more powerful than the founding fathers had envisioned or wanted. Congressional legislative powers have been usurped. There is no greater example of that usurpation than in the form of the Presidential Executive Order. The process totally by-passes Congressional legislative authority and places in the hands of the President almost unilateral power. The Executive Order governs everything from the Flag Code of the United States to the ability to single-handedly declare Martial Law. Presidents have used the Executive Order in times of emergencies to override the Constitution of the United States and the Congress.

    A Presidential Executive Order, whether Constitutional or not, becomes law simply by its publication in the Federal Registry. Congress is by-passed. Here are just a few Executive Orders that would suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years and could be enacted by the stroke of a Presidential pen:

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001 allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.

    Without Congressional approval, the President now has the power to transfer whole populations to any part of the country, the power to suspend the Press and to force a national registration of all persons. The President, in essence, has dictatorial powers never provided to him under the Constitution. The President has the power to suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in a real or perceived emergency. Roosevelt created extraordinary measures during the Great Depression, but any President faced with a similar, or lesser, economic crisis now has extraordinary powers to assume dictatorial status.

    A series of Executive Orders, internal governmental departmental laws, unpassed by Congress, the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 and the Violent Crime Control Act of 1991, has whittled down Constitutional law substantially. These new Executive Orders and Congressional Acts allow for the construction of concentration camps, suspension of rights and the ability of the President to declare Martial Law in the event of a drug crisis. Congress will have no power to prevent the Martial Law declaration and can only review the process six months after Martial Law has been declared. The most critical Executive Order was issued on August 1, 1971. Nixon signed both a proclamation and Executive Order 11615. Proclamation No. 4074 states, "I hereby declare a national emergency", thus establishing an economic crisis. That national emergency order has not been rescinded.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 12148 created the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that is to interface with the Department of Defense for civil defense planning and funding. An "emergency czar" was appointed. FEMA has only spent about 6 percent of its budget on national emergencies, the bulk of their funding has been used for the construction of secret underground facilities to assure continuity of government in case of a major emergency, foreign or domestic.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 12656 appointed the National Security Council as the principal body that should consider emergency powers. This allows the government to increase domestic intelligence and surveillance of U.S. citizens and would restrict the freedom of movement within the United States and granted the government the right to isolate large groups of civilians. The National Guard could be federalized to seal all borders and take control of U.S. air space and all ports of entry.

    When the Constitution of the United States was framed it placed the exclusive legislative authority in the hands of Congress and with the President. Article I, Section 1 of the United States Constitution is concise in its language, "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives." That is no longer true. The Bill of Rights protected Americans against loss of freedoms. That is no longer true. The Constitution provided for a balanced separation of powers. That is no longer applicable.

    The only thing standing between us and dictatorship is the good character of the President, and the lack of a crisis severe enough that the public would stand still for it. Judging by the character of our current president the possibility of a "crisis" that could be used to impliment any of the items of these executive orders is a very real possibility. He has repeatedly shown his distain for the rule of law and the power of congress.

    This criminal act that is being perpetrated upon the citizenry of this nation by our own president must be stopped immediately. Our president is no president, he is well on his way to becoming a dictator and I am really worried that he may enact some or all of these executive orders in an attempt to stay in "power" once he is voted out.
     
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    Angelhair, we don't have a fool in office, we have a very dangerous Anti-American that is hell bent on collecting all powers under the executive branch in an attempt to "fundamentally transform" America into a dictator state.
     

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