WASHINGTON, June 18 -
"With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, thatís just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed."
Mr. Speaker, that was President Obama a year ago. But that was then and this is now.
On Friday, the administration issued an imperial decree, acting to unilaterally ignore portions of the immigration law of the land. Mr. Speaker, the last time I checked, it was Congress who makes the law, not the President. And it is the job of the Executive to enforce laws, not ignore the ones he just doesnít like.
The President has no interest in fixing the broken immigration system. Instead, he has decreed this temporary amnesty in hopes of winning votes in November. He doesnít like the constitutional process for law-making because it just gets in his way, so he acts like an emperor instead of a President.
Itís time for the former constitutional professor to read the Constitution.
And thatís just the way it is.