When Barack Obama first ran for the White House in 2008, he promised Hispanics that he would pass sweeping immigration reform. He also hinted at possible amnesty and perhaps a road to citizenship for the millions of illegals already in the US. His promises captured the votes of a large number of Hispanics, legal and illegal.
In the first couple of years, Obama was focused more on Obamacare and launching his war against Christians, conservatives and gun owners. In 2010, Obama’s failure to keep his promise to Hispanics, along with other broken promises cost him control of the House.
Obama knew he needed to regain the trust of the Hispanic community so he tried several time to get his DREAM Act passed, but it was repeatedly blocked by conservative Republicans who saw the act as a huge problem for America, the economy and jobs.
Leading up to Obama’s re-election bid in 2012, he became desperate and realized he had to do something to win back the Hispanic support. In June of 2012, Obama illegally bypassed Congress and enacted his own reduced version of the DREAM Act, calling it DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. His edict allowed nearly 1 million young illegals to remain in the US without fear of deportation and even opened the doors for them to obtain government benefits and legally work, taking more jobs away from American citizens.
As he approached Election Day, he again promised them that DACA was just the start and that he would pass his massive immigration reform and open the door to amnesty and citizenship. DACA was successful in winning back a large percentage of the Hispanic support that he lost in 2010.
Earlier this year, Hispanics began complaining that it’s been 5 years and Obama has still failed to keep his promise to them. Their support for the Liar-in-Chief was once again waning. Obama began to posture like he was going to use his executive order privileges to once again illegally bypass Congress.
However, too many polls showed that the majority of Americans were against giving amnesty and opening the door to citizenship to the 11+ million illegals. It’s rare that Obama pays any attention to what the majority of Americans are saying, but this time he listened and announced that he would wait until after this year’s midterm election to do anything about immigration. He realized that any action prior to the election would further hurt the campaign of many Democrats.
If Obama does decide to act on his own to enact any form of immigration reform by executive order, he’s going to face a legal battle. Rep Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee told the audience at a Heritage Foundation event:
“If the president were to take further action, I believe it would be very important for Congress to undertake a challenge to that.”
“I would hope we would go to court very quickly and seek an injunction restraining the administration from granting those kind of work authorizations that I don’t think the law in any way provides for.”
“Most people feel immigration reform is needed, but there’s disagreement on what it should be.”
“But when you try to bring legislative bodies together and you have to work out the differences and in the middle of that the president says, ‘Here is my list of things … and if you don’t do it I will,’ those who agree with the president’s policies can sit back and say, ‘Well I don’t need to enter into tough negotiations about what needs to be done to enforce the law or reform the law and instead, I will just wait for the president to act.’”
If Republicans win control of the Senate in November, as more and more polls are indicating may happen, it will be even harder for Obama to use his executive orders to bypass Congress without facing a legal challenge especially when it comes to immigration. Obama’s last two years in office could quickly appear to be very anemic, weak, and ineffective, at least that’s what I’m hoping for.