Obama Tells Univision Audience He ‘Probably’ Can’t Grant Amnesty Over Congress
President Barack Obama told Univision this week that he “probably” wouldn’t resort to granting amnesty on a grand scale to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S.
“Probably not. I think that it is very important for us to recognize that the way to solve this problem has to be legislative. I can do some things and have done some things that make a difference in the lives of people by determining how our enforcement should focus,” Obama said.
But the President, who’s certainly not shy about broadly interpreting the Constitutional provisions that delegate unenumerated powers to the executive branch, could, in theory, invoke the power to pardon criminals as set forth in Article II, Section 2, which simply states “The President…shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”
Obama’s words may have been intended as a veiled threat to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which is poised to shape a dramatically different vision for immigration reform than the liberal, omnibus bill that passed the Senate in late June.
Ben Bullard Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.
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