- Barack Obama said his Executive Amnesty Plan was legal when he announced it
- He also said he changed existing law a few days later – which is Constitutionally prohibited
- Here’s a clip showing both statements from the President:
- Oops. He bragged about changing the law and the judge didn’t miss it:
“At oral argument, and despite being given several opportunities, the attorney for the United States was unable to reconcile that remark with the position that the government now takes”
For a Constitutional law “professor,” one would think he’d have better understood its restrictions.
A federal appeals court said President Obama’s own words claiming powers to “change the law” were part of the reason it struck down his deportation amnesty, in a ruling late Monday that reaffirmed the president must carry out laws and doesn’t have blanket powers to waive them.
US-CourtOfAppeals-5thCircuit-SealThe United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution in order unilateral changes to immigration laws in the latest such ruling against executive overreach by the President. The President’s only words were used by the panel to rule that he intended to unilaterally change the law.
Some 26 states sued to stop the amnesty as violative of the Immigration and Nationality Act. President Obama ordered Deferred Action for Parental Arrivals, or DAPA, to grant up to 5 million illegal immigrants a proactive three-year stay of deportation and to give them work permits. To qualify, illegal immigrants had to be parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent resident children.
jerryEdwin-SmithJudge Jerry E. Smith, writing for himself and Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod,The 2-1 ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals quoted from Obama’s remarks in Chicago just days after his Nov. 20, 2014, announcement detailing his executive actions. In response to a heckler who was criticizing him for boosting the number of deportations, Obama said “But what you are not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law.”
Smith added that the Justice Department seemed to stumble over the remarks: “At oral argument, and despite being given several opportunities, the attorney for the United States was unable to reconcile that remark with the position that the government now takes.”
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