A funny thing happened on the way to Obama signing his executive order giving amnesty to 5 million plus illegal aliens.
He didn’t sign it.
The National Archives have confirmed that while Obama signed two executive orders in Las Vegas the day after his national amnesty announcement, neither of them was an executive order fulfilling his amnesty program.
In fact, the only document dealing with implementation of the amnesty program Obama outlined is actually a memo from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, titled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children with Respect to Certain Individuals Who Are the Parents of U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.”
Since Obama’s amnesty announcement, Republicans have been on a warpath, looking for ways to derail the plan and stop a president who is clearly acting beyond the bounds of the law by effectively inventing and implementing new laws on his own whim.
Obama remains defiant, claiming powers for himself that are not outlined in the Constitution. When he addressed the nation to announce his plan for amnesty, Obama said, “The actions I’m taking are not only lawful, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican president and every Democratic president for the past half-century. And to those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”
And the House did just that on Thursday, passing the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act on a 219-197 vote.
But until the new Senate is sworn in, it’s just a symbolic vote because there’s no way Sen. Harry Reid will let it be voted on, and even if he did, Obama would never sign it.
No bill is signed by Obama unless it’s exactly the bill he wants. The entire process of Congress at this point in time is simply an illusion. It’s not even a formality, because it truly does not matter under King Obama what the people’s representatives in Congress want.
Which brings up the question of why Obama didn’t sign an executive order when he clearly wanted to. Even former Administration spokesman Jay Carney has admitted that Obama is “literally” doing the opposite of what he said he couldn’t do.
“The problem is that I’m the President of the United States. I’m not the Emperor of the United States,” Obama said back in February of 2013. Evidently, His Majesty has changed his mind.
But by ordering Johnson and the DHS to do his dirty work through a policy memorandum, Obama is clearly hedging his bets in the high likelihood of a legal assault on his amnesty order and his presidency.
Johnson may be the designated speed bump who will get tossed under the bus when push comes to shove.