Liveblogging Obama's Imperial March and Democrat Vote-Minting Machine
Ok I'm not quite done. The US Chamber of Commerce has weighed in with a statement. Representing the business community that is largely in favor of the Senate's bad bill, this might turn out to be significant. I don't think the Chamber will get progress on any of the issues that it wants. Barack Obama has already effectively killed any chances that Congress will work him. They will be too busy working against him, while he continues to try working around them. It's going to be an interesting and very dysfunctional couple of years.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement tonight regarding President Obama’s announcement of executive actions on immigration:
“Meaningful and lasting immigration reform can only be achieved through the enactment of bipartisan legislation.
“We call upon the president and lawmakers of both parties to enact commonsense measures to provide the American economy with the workers it needs at all skill levels, while better securing our borders and dealing with undocumented immigrants. Successfully competing for the world’s best talent and hardest workers will be indispensable to our efforts to grow the economy and expand jobs and incomes for all Americans.
“Executive actions cannot adequately fix our broken immigration system, and they raise important legal and constitutional questions. Yet the debate over the president’s announcement must not be allowed to forestall progress on critical priorities such as expanding trade and energy production, strengthening our national defense, reforming the regulatory process, or tending to the immediate and longer-term fiscal challenges facing our nation.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
The RNC has released a statement on the president's actions. Here it is in full.
WASHINGTON – RNC Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement on President Obama’s executive overreach:
"We are a nation of immigrants, and we are also a nation of laws and limited executive power. The President repeatedly said he did not have the authority to take this action. We agreed with the President when he said, 'his notion that I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true.' We wish he had kept his word to the American people. The Constitution does not grant the President the power to act as a one-man legislature when he disagrees with Congress and with voters.
"The last time the President issued a politically motivated executive order to change our immigration laws, he precipitated a crisis at our border, leaving thousands of children at risk and ripping apart the families he claims to want to protect. Granting amnesty does not secure our borders. Sadly, rather than trying to solve our country's immigration problems, the President's actions are intended to poison the legislative process at a time when he should be working to bring Americans together.
"If he believed that his actions were urgent and that he had the constitutional authority all along, why did he wait six years into his presidency to act? If he believed he was doing the will of the American people and acting in the best interests of American workers and those waiting in line to become Americans, why did he wait until after this last election?
"I am confident that the Republican Congress will do everything within their power to uphold the Constitution. The American people rejected the administration’s policies during the midterms; they will do so again in 2016."
One Republican is stepping up -- the Gov.-elect of Texas.
Pres. Obama has circumvented Congress and bypassed the will of the American people. I am prepared to immediately challenge this in court.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 21, 2014
I'll leave you tonight with this. There was no applause in the room with Obama, but his followers are surely enraptured by his flagrant lawlessness.
Liberty didn't die tonight, but it suffered a grave wound that will fester.
Judged strictly as policy, WH has widened 2 paths to legal residency: 1) smuggle a minor child across border; 2) cross border, have a child.— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) November 21, 2014
This is the moment when the GOP should be running a video loop of all 22 times that Barack Obama denounced unilateral executive action, and specifically said that he could not do what he has just done. That should be the GOP's response for tonight, and tomorrow they should start feeling out which Democrats may work with them on ways to stop this. If no Democrats are willing to defend the Constitution, then that should be called out too.
I don't know what the Republicans and some skeptical Democrats can do to stop this. I honestly don't. The Constitution's remedies for rogue presidents are not detailed beyond impeachment, and that's a non-starter. Perhaps it's time to start lopping off funding for various parts of the executive branch. Cut off Air Force One. Stop Holder's replacement from being confirmed. Stop all appointments.
Obama might not care about most of that. Taking his airplane away may annoy him. But the republic cannot take this action without a strong response and rebuke. Barack Obama is a lawless man. If he gets away with this, he will push the bounds and break the law again. And again.
God bless the Constitution that Barack Obama just abrogated. And with that, the speech is over.
And here comes the appeal to Scripture. Hello, separation of church and state? That only matters when conservatives use Scripture. Democrats get a pass, every time.