Praise for Obama’s Decision

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The Democratic fund raising emails I have been receiving lately have been full of praise for Obama’s recent decision not to enforce certain immigration laws. Here is a typical example.

Thanks to our president, this nation’s immigration policy just became more fair and more just.

Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to ensure that young, undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children by their parents, and who have followed the law since then, will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings — and will be allowed to apply for authorization to work in this country.

They’re a group that we’ve come to call the “Dreamers” — and today, the country they love is telling them they should be able to dream as big as they want.

For years, the President has called on Congress to make common-sense fixes to our broken immigration system. They haven’t. So he did.

I know that the people sending this out are just trying to get Barack Obama reelected and I wouldn’t expect any criticism of him, but I hope that someone in the Democratic party is considering carefully what is happening here and how dangerous the sentiment “Congress won’t do it so the President went ahead and did it without them” actually is.

You have to consider not just what the people you agree with will do with power, but what the people you don’t agree with will do with it. Sooner or later, and the way things are going it is likely to be sooner, a Republican will be elected President. What will these people do if President Romney announces that he will not enforce Obamacare, even if Congress declines to repeal it. We really can’t have a President who can decide which laws he wants to enforce and which he wants to ignore. If that is the way we are going to run things, than we shouldn’t bother having a Congress at all.

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