The growing tide of anger aimed at President Obama will explode later this month. Congress and the American people are waiting for the other shoe to drop on the president’s version of amnesty for illegal immigrants. Later this month he will announce a series of executive orders on the immigration mess.
Two major actions are in the president’s plans. He will grant temporary relief from deportation and allow work authorization to millions of illegal immigrants. This will infuriate the labor unions, city and county municipalities, as well as state budgets throughout the country.
Homeland Security has already been moving illegal “children” away from the southern border and spreading them over various states, often without consulting the state governors or lawmakers. Both the Maryland and Tennessee governors have protested these actions in very public media appearances.
Marshall Fitz, director of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, told Time magazine, "There are two ways this could go, Obama can either be seen as "the deporter-in-chief, or the great emancipator. Those are the two potential legacies."
What is fact will be the massive fallout for Democratic candidates running for office in November, especially southern border politicians. The president remains mum on his plans making the rumors grow by the day. His aides have declined to say how many of the estimated 11 million illegals could be helped by his actions.
Frank Sharry, executive director of the pro-reform group America’s Voice, met with the president and commented, "He seems resolute that he’s going to go big and go soon.” That observation was fortified by a senior White House official who said, “I don’t want to put a number on it," meaning Obama plans to take action before the November congressional elections.
More and more polls are indicating the midterm elections could be the largest landslide by one party in U.S., political history. It is a certainty with those kinds of numbers the Republicans will charge the president with granting amnesty to millions of illegals.
The president did himself no favors by requesting an incredible $3.7 billion in emergency aid from Congress for unspecified needs at the border. Predictably, both Republicans and Democrats have cut billions from the request in bills appearing throughout the week. It appears that Barack Obama is down to the ultra-far left for support in this manner.
Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama put it bluntly. "How Congress chooses to act in the coming hours and days will determine whether the president succeeds in his plan to nullify the immigration laws of the United States.”
Sessions told Newsmax on Saturday, "No member, House or Senate, Democrat or Republican, should support any bill with respect to the border crisis that does not include language explicitly prohibiting the administration from taking such action. Congress must foreclose any possibility of these unlawful executive actions before congressional funding is granted. This is an essential precondition."
Should Obama grant millions of work permits to illegals, it will be in the face of a national unemployment rate of 6.3 percent, 10.7 percent for African Americans. Nearly all of the job growth since 2000 went to immigrants, both legal and illegal. Of the nearly six million more people working in the United States since 2000, 5.7 million of them are immigrants, according to the study by the Center for Immigration Studies.
So why would a president, already facing his lowest numbers of his presidency, do such a thing? Under the “leadership” of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate passed a bill doubling the existing rate of legal and guest-immigrant admissions in the U.S. President Obama is only throwing gasoline on a national crisis that is already out-of-control.
Sen. Sessions says, "If mass immigration is so good for the economy, why then, during this long sustained period of record immigration into the U.S., are incomes falling and a record number of Americans not working?" he asked.
Obama could provide an executive order that would cover as many as 8 million illegals, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Obama has the authority to take these executive actions, legal experts tell Time.
It is going to be a long, hot summer for Democrats and an even hotter fall political season. Before the dust clears, the Republicans will be in charge of the Senate, the GOP House majority will increase by at least 15 seats and President Barack Obama will be left with two years to think about his memoirs and afterlife outside Washington.
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