In an Associated Press report that reads like a statement from a defense attorney, we are told that upcoming unilateral action from the current President is not new, and in fact, that Republican Presidents have acted alone on amnesty in the past.
The article points out facts surrounding the actions by Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush on the issue of legal status for illegal immigrants, but at the end, you find a big difference between Presidential actions.
First of all, after a summer crisis, the likes of which haven't been seen before, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America just showed up on our southern border in response to the President's own words, the American people have every right to reject what this President wants to do. Second, not once does the President make securing the border a top issue, and third, reports that the administration has let loose tens of thousands of violent criminal illegals onto the streets of America, has frightened the American people.
Now, the only way the concerned American citizen can have any say in unilateral action by this President is by voting and contacting their representatives to voice their opinion. And in turn, it is up to Congress to decide to do the things that are afforded them within the constitution; using the power of the purse, and impeachment. Unfortunately, too many in Congress are afraid to protect the nation from a president out of control.
In the comparison by the AP, the circumstances are not identical, and the AP doesn’t mention that Obama’s approval numbers are way south of what both the aforementioned President's numbers were. Reagan and Bush both were at about 60%, when these issues were in motion, but Obama is worse than Carter right now, at 40%. In fact, Obama's average approval rate is worse than Nixon's. That Obama now decides to "go it alone" after an election where immigration was one of the top issues, people have every right to be upset, and angry.
Reagan and Bush did not circumvent Congress as this President is planning to do. They worked with Congress, as even the AP's "report" points out in their timeline of events. What jumps off the page of that planted story, is that the poor Preezy is feeling "frustrated" with the constitutional processes that our founding document provides.
So yes, the unconstitutional action by this extremely unpopular President is different than anything Ronald Reagan or George H. W. Bush had ever done, and it is up to the people in both houses of Congress to wake up and stand up for the rule of law.
That other presidents have given executive orders is not the point; that other presidents have agreed with granting amnesty is not the point. The whole point is that Obama believes he has the power to reverse the laws of the country by executive order, and he believes he is justified in doing so because the representatives of the people won't grant outright amnesty when the nation is reeling from the lawlessness under which this administration proceeds. The president does not have the power to reverse or, for that matter, write law. Congress does. His actions bring on a constitutional crisis, and if allowed to occur, such actions will further disestablish the constitution as our chief governing document.
Jen Kuznicki is a wife and mother, seamstress by trade, and American patriot who says, "Now is the time to act."