Last November, President Obama strolled to the podium in front of a national television audience and proclaimed that he was going to fix immigration all by himself. Expanding on his previous programs meant to defer deportations for certain illegals, he was going to offer amnesty to anyone whose children were born in the U.S. Furthermore, he was going to direct Homeland Security to stop deporting non-criminal illegals. Finally, he was going to issue work permits to those who fell under the guidelines, effectively making as many as 5 million illegal immigrants U.S. citizens in all but name.
Now it looks like his plans for a new America may be thwarted by a little thing called the law.
Responding to a request from the Obama administration that he reconsider his freeze on the amnesty rollout, Judge Andrew Hanen told the defendants that he was more confident of his decision now than he was when he made it back in February. It was Obama himself who wound up hurting his own case, speaking at a town hall gathering shortly after Hanen made his ruling.
“In summary,” Hanen wrote, “the chief executive has ordered that the laws requiring removal of illegal immigrants that conflict with the 2014 DHS directive are not to be enforced, and that anyone who attempts to do so will be punished. This is not merely ineffective enforcement. This is total non-enforcement.”
Hanen is referring to comments Obama made in February, where he said that DHS officials who deported illegals against his wishes would face “consequences,” just as a soldier would if he disobeyed a senior officer.
The judge was also irritated by the administration’s attempts to get one past the court. “Whether by ignorance, omission, purposeful misdirection, or because they were misled by their clients, the attorneys for the government misrepresented the facts.” This was directed at the administration’s lies about whether or not any parts of Obama’s executive orders had yet been implemented.
Amazingly, the 26-state lawsuit against Obama – once considered little more than a political charade – may actually be the thing that stops this president in his tracks. Despite rumors to the contrary, it appears that the Constitutional separation of powers is still in effect.
Of course, we’re a long way from the finish line. It still remains deeply troubling just how close Obama came to successfully anointing himself a one-man Congress. He made a blatant grab for power, and he almost got away with it. The media stepped aside and let him do it, and Republicans were completely ineffective in their attempts to stop him. Hell, some Republicans – one of whom is the supposed frontrunner for 2016 – think it was perfectly okay.
Unfortunately, we’re now living in an era where facts come second to agenda, if they bother showing up at all. And in that atmosphere, the Constitution doesn’t hold a whole lot of weight. We may get lucky this time, but it should send a shiver down the spine of every American that Obama got this close. Next time, there may not be a Judge Hanen around to stop a tyrant from crowning himself king.