Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Obama's new immigration policy
We now know that President Obama will change his “core” beliefs when it is an election year [“Obama: Immigrant kids can stay,” page one, June 16].
First, he has “evolved” on LGBT marriage. Now he has decided that he can legislate immigration laws, instead of the U.S. Congress.
A year ago he said (and he is a constitutional scholar from Harvard) that he, as president, did not have the authority to change immigration law; now that he is in campaign mode, he says that he can do this under “prioritization” for deciding whom to deport.
But he goes a step further; not only will he “defer action” on deportation, he will give “dreamers” work permits — he is giving them legal status to work in the U.S. Congress has rejected the “DREAM Act” three times.
He has bypassed the constitutional authority of Congress to enhance his chances to increase the Hispanic vote in his favor in the upcoming elections in November.
— Paul B. Smith, Mercer Island
Where is this in the Preamble?
It may be acceptable to issue the executive order President Obama issued yesterday, granting legal status to children of illegal immigrants, but it is not acceptable to do nothing about the continuation of people illegally entering this country.
President Obama should also have issued an executive order specifically stating what steps were going to be taken to immediately stop illegal immigration into this country, and not doing that is abdicating his constitutional responsibility to “establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Nothing in that Preamble to the Constitution implies the “posterity” of those illegally entering the country!
Why is he not “repelling invasions” (Article 1 Section 8) — the invasion of those illegally entering the country?
For Congress and the president to do nothing about stopping illegal entry into this country is a crime against the citizens of this country and the values the citizens hold sacred. We need to immediately deal with two problems: those illegally in this country and those who are going to illegally enter this country.
I would say let the president’s executive order stand, if and only if, he immediately stops people illegally entering this country — pure and simple! I am not letting Congress of the hook.
The president took his step, and now Congress should follow it up with legislation granting all the power that is necessary to immediately stop illegal entry into this country.
— Charlie Peters, Burien