Well, Gallup’s new numbers help explain Obama’s lawless move on deportations yesterday. Not that it’s a great surprise.
Only 49 percent of Hispanic Americans said last week they approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, according to the Gallup poll. That is down 36 points from the high of 85 percent that Obama’s approval hit among Hispanics in the Gallup pollin the spring of 2009, his first year as president.
Obama’s approval among Hispanics hit an all-time low of 45 percent in the last week of July, according to Gallup. It has rebounded modestly since then.
Regarding the deportations policy change, Obama does know that what he’s doing is illegal. He said as much explicitly, in front of La Raza, less than a month ago.
THE PRESIDENT: … Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. (Applause.) And believe me, right now dealing with Congress –
AUDIENCE: Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can!
THE PRESIDENT: Believe me — believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. (Laughter.) I promise you. Not just on immigration reform. (Laughter.) But that’s not how — that’s not how our system works.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Change it!
THE PRESIDENT: That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.
That was back on July 25, 2011. Unless Congress passed an amendment between then and now without anyone noticing, President Obama has by his own admission violated the Constitution and is ruling by fiat.