President Obama is on his amnesty tour this week, participating in a Miami town-hall forum to shore up support for his executive action on immigration. The interview was carried by MSNBC and Telemundo and hosted by Jose Diaz Balart. Mixed in with all the usual rhetoric about how important illegal aliens were to the fabric of America, Obama made some curious statements about how his executive orders were to be carried out.
“In the U.S. military, when you get an order, you’re expected to follow it,” said Obama. ”It doesn’t mean that everybody follows the order. If they don’t, they’ve got a problem.”
If that wasn’t pointed enough, Obama then made it clearer. “The bottom line is that if somebody is working for ICE and there is a policy and they don’t follow the policy, there are going to be consequences to it.”
The president did not elaborate on what those consequences might be, but it was enough to satisfy some in the audience who questioned whether it was really safe for America’s illegals to come out of the shadows.
Obama also took aim at a recent ruling by a federal judge in Texas that put many of his proposed policies on hold. “This is just one federal judge,” he said. “We have appealed it very aggressively.” Confident that the courts would eventually side in favor of his administration, he encouraged illegals to use this time to get all of their documents in order “so that you’re ready to go” when the time comes.
Some immigrants in the audience complained that his executive order did not go far enough, leaving their family members in danger of deportation even under the more lenient policies. Obama once again fell back on the limits of his executive authority, a concept he only seems to discover when he is attacked from the left. “If I include everybody, then it’s no longer prosecutorial discretion, then I’m just ignoring the law.”
Indeed. The thing is…it’s already that. It stopped being anything as benign as prosecutorial discretion when Obama recommended legal provisions be bestowed upon them. By conferring the ability to obtain legal work authorization, Social Security numbers, and welfare, he went well beyond the arguable limits of his authority. It is for these positive benefits that a Texas judge ruled against the administration. This isn’t about discretion, as proven by Obama’s own language regarding “consequences.” This is a direct order to leave a certain portion of the illegal immigrant population alone. Or else.
If only King Obama was this tough on Islamic terror.