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Bryan Preston


June 15, 2012 - 9:51 am

The New York Republican is moving swiftly to determine the legality of President Obama’s decision, announced today, to halt deportations of hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens and grant them work permits. According to a report in the Daily Caller, Rep. King says “The administration is overstepping its authority by weakening immigration laws without congressional approval. I am very concerned about efforts to administratively implement amnesty for countless illegal aliens under the age of 30. It is vital that US borders are secure prior to any consideration of amnesty proposals.”

President Obama would have agreed with Rep. King a year ago. Speaking to a group of Latino students, some of whom were illegal aliens and subject to deportation, the president said that taking that the action that he has taken today would have been inappropriate:

“There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply, through executive order, ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.”

The president’s constitutional role has not changed in the intervening year. Only his re-election prospects have changed.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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