It’s one thing to admit over 22 times that you can’t take an executive action. Or to violate the U.S. Constitution’s Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4 (Congress has the enumerated power to establish rules on naturalization). Or defy a federal court judge’s decree that your executive action is unconstitutional. But it is a completely different thing to actually threaten law enforcement agents if they do not enforce an unconstitutional act.
Such has happened in our America.
As reported by The Weekly Standard — and something tells me you won’t read about this from liberal progressive media outlets — “President Obama warned workers at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: implement executive amnesty, or else. He made the comments in a town hall event on immigration on MSNBC. According to the White House pool report, President Obama was asked for reassurance that people wouldn’t be deported as the legal battle over the executive amnesty plays out in the courts.”
“Until we pass a law through Congress, the executive actions we’ve taken are not going to be permanent; they are temporary. There are going to be some jurisdictions and there may be individual ICE official or Border Control agent not paying attention to our new directives. But they’re going to be answerable to the head of Homeland Security because he’s been very clear about what our priorities will be,” Obama said, according to a partial transcript provided by the pool reporter. “Not only are we going to have to win this legal fight.. but ultimately we’re still going to pass a law through Congress. The bottom line is I’m using all the legal power invested in me in order to solve this problem.” “If somebody’s working for ICE … and they don’t follow the policy, there’s going to be consequences to it.”
First of all, I would ask President Obama to show me where he has the enumerated power to make rules on matters of naturalization? And please, don’t give me the “prosecutorial discretion” line and also don’t try the politicized argument that Congress did not pass a bill.
I see nowhere in the Constitution that states, “if the Legislative branch doesn’t pass what the Executive branch wants, then by prosecutorial discretion, the Executive branch can do as it wishes — temporarily or permanently.”
Ok, so where is that written? President Obama does not have any legal power to do what he is doing — clear?
Now, having served in the military I learned about the varying means of leadership — inspirational, participatory, or intimidation. So there you have the last one, and how can you threaten law enforcement agents if they refuse to do something that is unlawful?
I thought upholding the rule of law and faithfully discharging our laws was the oath taken by the president of the United States.
As Townhall reports, President Obama stated in the interview, “look, the bottom line is, is that if somebody is working for ICE and there is a policy and they don’t follow the policy, there are going to be consequences to it. So I can’t speak to a specific problem. What I can talk about is what’s true in the government, generally. In the U.S. military, when you get an order, you’re expected to follow it. It doesn’t mean that everybody follows the order. If they don’t, they’ve got a problem. And the same is going to be true with respect to the policies that we’re putting forward.”
If anyone believes that any president acting as commander-in-chief can issue an unconstitutional or unlawful order and the military leadership is obligated to obey — that is not the case.
This statement, “If somebody’s working for ICE … and they don’t follow the policy, there’s going to be consequences to it” — is very disturbing to say the least and for this to not be a top story in America is even more disconcerting.
President Obama did not issue a policy; he decreed an unconstitutional executive order. Policy and legislation are proposed, debated, amended and passed by the Legislative branch. It is sent to the Executive branch for signature or it can be vetoed.
Does anyone just realize what that statement from Obama’s lips declares? He has basically stated that he is above the law and anyone defying him will pay the consequences – a threat directed to the “guardians of our Republic.” Can you imagine what the liberal progressive media would say if a Republican president said such a thing? How long with the progressive left stand by this abhorrent behavior and fully embrace and support it? Is this the fundamental transformation y’all seek?
To the ICE agents, stay strong and be of good courage. do not succumb. You must do what is lawful and right in supporting and defending the sovereignty of this Republic. Your defiance is not wrong. Your compliance would be borderline treasonous. We the American people stand with you!