On Monday, when President Barack Obama spoke to the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, he made several remarks suggesting that he may have considered using the 14th Amendment to the Constitution after all.
“Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. And believe me, right now dealing with Congress — Believe me — believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you. Not just on immigration reform,” Obama said.
Obama was speaking about the difficulty passing the controversial DREAM Act, which would create a path to citizenship for illegal aliens that were brought to America as children.
The President was quick to pass off the remark as a joke, saying: “But that’s not how — that’s not how our system works.” One spectator then shouted: “Change it!”
Obama, who has previously been vocally supportive of passing the DREAM Act, went on to say: “Now, usually, as soon as I come out in favor of something, about half of Congress is immediately against it even if it was originally their idea. You noticed how that works? So I need you to keep building a movement for change outside of Washington, one that they can’t stop.”