Yesterday, Barack Obama stood before the American people and decreed that work permits shall be granted to a certain class of illegal aliens, despite the protestations of the citizenry. Everyone knows that this is an unprecedented power grab, except for the cheerleaders at the Charlotte Observer who are shaking their pom-poms and squealing with delight.
The Obama administration took a perfectly reasonable, perfectly legal step toward immigration reform Friday. But it’s far from a perfect solution.
The administration announced – and President Obama later celebrated in an afternoon speech – that hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children will be safe from deportation by applying for “deferred action” status and receiving work permits, thanks to a new federal policy.
This is perfectly legal? The Constitution states that Congress sets the rules for naturalization; not the president. Someone should send a copy to the editors at Charlotte Observer, and highlight Article One Section Eight. It’s right there for all to see.
What is even more astonishing is that the totalitarians at this paper admit that the Dream Act was defeated in the Bush administration. They basically concede that immigration policy has to go through the legislative process.
Although polls show Americans supporting a rigorous path to legal status for undocumented immigrants, neither Obama nor Congress has mustered the political courage to propose such legislation. The last president to do was George W. Bush, who advocated a combination of tightening borders and penalizing illegal immigrants with back taxes and fines in exchange for a path to U.S. citizenship. That proposal was trounced in the Senate.
The road to serfdom is littered with rags like the Charlotte Observer. The editors at this paper are too stupid to see it.