Obama Tells Univision Audience He ‘Probably’ Can’t Grant Amnesty Over Congress

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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.

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  • Debbie Hogan Tate

    So when is the Impeachment going to start? Now that they found his real birth certificate in Kenya! Let the games of Impeachment begin! The on to Congress House and Senate for all the lies and cover ups!

    • Alan

      Notice the emphasis on “probably” Debbie. I think that shows his true intentions sufficiently enough. As you’ve stated though, they all need to be thrown out on their keisters.

    • Jack

      It is not going to happen Debbie. Obama is removable proof, because if he goes then Joe is the President. Enough said? BTW, the problem is not the birth certificate, it is his Indonesian citizenship. He gave up his American citizenship when he was adopted by his mother’s second husband, when did he repatriate? The fact that he did means he is not a natural born citizen, if he did at all. I think the arrogant person never did.

    • Vis Fac

      As I stated earlier the odds of ODUMBO being Impeached are as about as likely as you winning the lottery! Congress is nothing but a bunch of power hungry thugs that will capitulate just to not roil the waters so they can enjoy their perks. There are too many gutless, spineless, lousy, save-ass politicians worried about being seen as racist for that to happen.

  • an old seabee

    So…. from which side of his mouth is he speaking now? Or is it out of his donkey?

  • marcus johannes

    Comrade Chairman Obama so brazenly declares to a Foreign News service that he will not violate his oath to office and run over Congress once again ??? I smell a dozen more executive orders coming

    • observer

      Obama does not know what violate means!

    • Vis Fac

      Adding to the more than 1500 issued since his first term!

  • lokiswife

    I think someone told him that if he passed amnesty over Congress and the majority of Americans, he would be in deep doo-doo. He is losing his popularity fast, the flood of scandals set him back and he is hoping that the Zimmerman trial will provide some smoke and mirrors to hide the scandals until the low information voters forget about them. We’re still waiting for the answer to the important question: where was the commander in chief from 5 pm to midnight the night that Benghazi went down?

    • justaskin

      At the range?

    • rick0857

      Smoking Crack

      • Vis Fac

        Most likely- He certainly doesn’t care for anyone but himself. It’s too bad the lame stream media doesn’t see it OH that’s right the lame stream media is OWNED by liberals who have “dumbed-down” America to keep control and stay in power.

  • IsThisAmerica

    Sure am glad people see the Zimmerman trial (over and done with), as pure smoke and mirrors. Congrats to us that are awake. Now if we only had true power to get rid of everyone in power, in the white house. Makes me sick that some perverted citizen from another country can be our president. He does not hold our interests at heart. He should be cuffed and stuffed. Or hung. I don’t believe in communism or socialism or any ism so it’s time for all the law breakers, that includes you McCain for turning your back on Arizona you turncoat s.o.b.!, to go to JAIL! Flake take heed, you can be recalled. We do not want amnesty, how many faxes and phone calls have I made just to be ignored? Can the people sue the U.S. government as one? Can ya tell I’m mad?

    • Vis Fac

      You should forget trying to change Washington DC as it is a quagmire of amorality and greed. The only way to effect any change is at the local level be vocal in your city and state affairs and above all use your right to vote. Politicians only react when their job is in jeopardy. If enough people were to stop being apathetic we might be able to get out of the mess we’re in.

      • IsThisAmerica

        I do vote. I did not vote for McCain and neither did anyone else I know. Yet there he is back in control. Beats me, I don’t know if it’s worth voting anymore, their is so much fraud. He is directly fighting our govener on everything she is trying to do. Amnesty will destroy everything she is fighting for. Protection of our border, more internal enforcement.

      • IsThisAmerica

        I do vote. I did not vote for McCain and neither did anyone else I know. Yet there he is back in control. Beats me, I don’t know if it’s worth voting anymore, their is so much fraud. He is directly fighting our govener on everything she is trying to do. Amnesty will destroy everything she is fighting for. Protection of our border, more internal enforcement.

  • Deborah

    I may be wrong, but before a president can pardon/grant amnesty to anyone, doesn’t that person have to be “convicted” of a crime? Therefore, the Anointed One could not legally throw a blanket amnesty over the 11 million illegals because they have not been convicted by any court yet as having broken any laws. Also, what names would be put on the documentation of a pardon/amnesty? The governmment does not have 11 million names, does not know who they are, where they are or even if 11 million is the correct number! And the left thinks the border is secure! What a joke.

    • Vis Fac

      No Look at what Bill Clinton did before leaving office, if I am not mistaken he issued over 900 pardons most of those would or could have faced prosecution. The reason that the DUMBOCRITES are not in favor of immigration reform is that they will lose their voting block although they will still have all the deceased voters on their side.