The PJ Tatler

Flashback: Obama Said He Is 'Obligated to Enforce [Immigration] Law'

This should come back to haunt President Obama. Especially if video is available.

Faced by a young person who disproved his claim about his Administration’s treatment of these young people, the President now seemed to concede that students and young people eligible for the DREAM Act are being deported and says that it’s not his responsibility to change that: “America is a nation of laws, which means I, as the President, am obligated to enforce the law.  I don’t have a choice about that.  That’s part of my job,” he said. When Ramos asked a follow-up question about granting formal administrative relief to undocumented youth, Obama was even more forceful: “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.

Emphasis added. The president made that statement a little over one year ago. His obligation to follow the law has not changed in that year, but his re-election prospects have.