Obama has finally delivered on the long-awaited promises he made to his Hispanic voter base. In a televised national address, the President revealed that he has taken executive action to grant amnesty to 5 million undocumented workers. Obama has broken his word for the umpteenth time, as he previously stated he would not act unilaterally on immigration reform.
This is not “reform,” as Obama affectionately calls it. Reform would mean taking a broken system and implementing measures to fix it. The President’s plan will undoubtedly make matters worse, which is why it is not supported by a single Republican in Washington, much the same way the Affordable Care Act was denounced unanimously by Republicans. Now that Obama has lost control of the House and Senate, he has resorted to acting unilaterally, regardless of the legality or consequences.
Along with legalizing 5 million undocumented aliens, Obama has promised a renewed effort to enhance border security and deport new arrivals. 4.1 million undocumented workers who have been in the U.S. five years or longer and have no criminal record will be given amnesty. Additionally, 300,000 illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children will be granted renewed eligibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Another 400,000 “highly-skilled” workers will be eligible for visas. A few more smaller groups of selected individuals will bring the number to 5 million effected illegals.
Republicans are already planning to take Obama to court over his executive immigration action, which will officially be signed into law on Friday. To close out the week, Obama will travel to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, along with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California. The group will rally supporters at the same location where Obama previously announced a second-term push for immigration reform in January of 2013.
The White House has said that Obama will “maximize the use of his authority” in order to enact his radical immigration reform, which may be the understatement of the century. Obama has far overstepped the limitations of his power as President of the United States. Let us know what you think of his immigration “reform” in the comments section.