We received some good news and some bad news today. The good news? A federal district court judge in Pennsylvania has ruled parts of Obama’s executive immigration orders unconstitutional, accusing him of bypassing Congress in granting deportation relief and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants. The bad news? The judge’s decision does not invalidate any of Obama’s executive orders.
Still, this ruling creates some problems for Obama as he faces several challenges to his immigration policies, including a 24-state lawsuit being heard in Texas which alleges that Obama violated the constitutional limits of his presidential power.
In the decision by Judge Arthur Schwab in Pittsburgh , he dismissed the White House’s legal reasoning in granting the orders. He stated that the president had the authority to issue executive orders and interpret the law, but that “(his) unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution … and therefore is unconstitutional.” He also stated that the guidelines created by Obama established an entirely new system for granting relief to large groups of individuals which goes well beyond the president’s authority.
Considering Obama’s track record on all things constitutional, along with the feckless leadership we get from John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and the rest of the RINO’s in Washington, I don’t really hold out much hope that this will make any difference with Barry, but at least we now have a court decision that gets the ball rolling.
And now, a post-script to this commentary.
Recent Gutless On Principles (GOP) Hall of Shame inductee, Jeb Bush—who recently announced his intentions to run for president in 2016—expressed his support for Obama’s executive amnesty, although he did have one tiny problem with it. IT DIDN’T GO FAR ENOUGH! Something to remember as we enter the 2016 presidential sweepstakes.
Newsmax.com provided some of the information for this commentary.