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Dick Durbin: Obama will 'borrow power' needed to pass immigration

Dick Durbin
Dick Durbin
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The Democrats made it clear on Sunday news programs that they have gone "all in" in passing immigration reform. Their reasoning evidently goes something like this: It is a given that at some point decades from now, whites will lose majority status in the U.S. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2043, whites will make up only 43% of the population, while the percentage of Hispanics —currently 17% — will nearly double, to 31%. This voting bloc will lean heavily Democrat, predominantly because the Dems were sympathetic to the plight of “undocumented workers,” whom the Republicans unfairly branded as “illegal immigrants” and sought to have them deported. Abetted by blacks and Asians, this new majority will ensure Democratic control of all branches of government in perpetuity. The left, which has already eliminated the Senate filibuster, will be unfettered in its plan to complete Barack Obama’s transformation of the United States into a European-style social democracy.

Are there potential snags in this grand plan? Sure. Hispanics, like blacks, tend to be conservative on social issues, such as abortion. For Democrats to assume they have a legislative carte blanche could result in disaster down the road, if many of the presumed faithful members of the new majority switch affiliation.

What is more is that the trigger for this chain of events is the passage by Congress of an immigration bill of the sort Obama is envisioning (read: amnesty). Since the chances of that happening remain remote, the president, despite his rebuke by the Supreme Court last week, speaks with increasing defiance of “going it alone.” And Democratic lawmakers assure cynics he is not bluffing. The Hill quotes Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) as having said last Thursday:

We're at the end of the line. We're not bluffing by setting a legislative deadline for them to act.

Their first job is to govern, and in the absence of governing, then you see executive actions.

That’s not quite how the legislative process works, but the arguments from other Dem lawmakers are even more eyebrow-raising. Take this threat by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.):

I don't know how much more time he thinks he needs, but I hope that Speaker Boehner will speak up today. And if he does not, the president will borrow the power that is needed to solve the problems of immigration. [Emphasis added]

Judging from the highlighted phrase, it sounds as though Durbin is as clueless about the Constitution as the president.