August 23rd, 2010
04:02 PM ET
4 years ago

Conservatives accuse White House of circumventing immigration laws

Washington (CNN) - A group of conservative activists slammed the Obama administration Monday for allegedly planning to use its administrative authority to undercut immigration restrictions in the wake of congressional inaction on a comprehensive reform bill.

In a letter sent to the White House, leaders of 17 conservative grass-roots organizations cited reports that the administration is considering using its executive power "to effectively legalize significant numbers of illegal aliens."

"We strongly urge that you refrain pursuing that tactic," they wrote. "We believe that such an abuse of power would further polarize the immigration issue, which already is so controversial that reasonable discussion is confounded."

Only Congress, they argued, "possesses plenary power over making our immigration policy. The administrative branch has limited discretion for dealing with aliens and quite limited policymaking authority."

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. GL

    I say good for President Obama. I am sick of the hateful Republicans whining about illegal immigration and terrior babies. Republicans are very hateful toward people of color.

    August 23, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Marcus

    I don't get it. At the same time that these guys claim that 'the current presidency is doing nothing regarding the illegal immigration problem' (which is false, check the numbers of the combat against illegal immigration), they don't want an immigration reforn NOR are pressing their representatives to do something or ANYthing about it...
    And when a no-string attached document is produced by the government concerning the issue they cry foul for the document have been produced because of the Congress (as a whole) innaction?
    I know that for these guys the POTUS is damend either if does or doesn't pretty much anything, but that's getting beyond ridiculous!

    August 23, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "We strongly urge that you refrain pursuing that tactic," they wrote. "We believe that such an abuse of power would further polarize the immigration issue, which already is so controversial that reasonable discussion is confounded."

    This is the republicans excuse for not passing immigration reform over the last 8 years they were in power. Now that this administration is going to do something about, the right is all up at arms. This kind of hypocracy from the right is why they will be out of power for quite a while. They actually want to change the 14th Amendment. As everyone with two eyes can see, republicans want to change the Constitution whenever it doesn't work in their favor, yet they are the first one's to say we should protect the Constitution. Hypocrites! You can't have it both ways.

    August 23, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    "Conservatives accuse White House (fill in the blank)"
    And the SO CALLED "Left Wing Media" will repeat it!

    Didn't you guys learn ANYTHING with the Shirley Sherrod "reporting?"

    August 23, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. flushthedonkeys

    Unfortunately, the current administration lacks credibility, is morally and ethically bankrupt and has somehow got it in their heads that because they enjoy such overwhealming support from the liberal media, they can run roughshod over the will of the taxpayers of America. They did it with the Obamacare bill and now they think they can do it whenever they desire.

    August 23, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Laverne

    No, what is abusive is trying to work with republicans who try to block and say NO to everything no matter what! It is not an abuse of power when conservatives try and undermine the President! Good for you Mr. President, looks like lately this is the only way to get anything done in Washingtong, it is sad, but true!

    August 23, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Hugo

    Sorry, gotta call foul on this one, although I agree whole heartedly. GW let the invading menace over run our borders by the millions. Why? Because they benefited corporate America as cheap and productive labor. They were a end run around Unions, fair wages for skilled workers and put millions of dollars in National Home Builders pockets. When you connect the dots between the illegal labor the housing market and the construction industry and the Home mortgage banks it becomes readily apparent to anyone with an ounce of sense as to what has been done to Americas labor force. If they don't boot them out America will!

    August 23, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. DOBBS RETURNS

    This Obama is begging to become a one-term president. Arizona lit
    a flame that other states are now lighting. He knows he can't shove
    amnesty down our throats,so, instead, he seeks an underhanded
    way to accomplish the same thing. Race is a volatile issue. Immigration
    has become a racial issue and Democrats now have made it impossible
    for us as a nation to get race behind us. That is pitiful.

    August 23, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. 'RUB' THE CLOWN

    The idea that conservatives have any interest in crafting any legislation on any topic is laughable. The party of no is not interested in good government because they are fundamentally opposed to government.

    August 23, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    I don't know what they're complaining about. Their savior Ronnie Rayguns gave amnesty to millions of illegals. And raised taxes to get us out of a recession. I guess he was a Muslim socialist. Have a nice day!

    August 23, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Donald

    WTF. these people try everything under the sun to try and undermine the POTUS. I wonder how much money this fiscal responsible cons group waste, lol. news nothing u tried has work, other than give fox news some new lie to report on, lol.

    August 23, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. L

    Before the flamers get firing off...

    Remember that a role for internal reports is to document the range of alternatives that might exist - to let the leaders decide which options to pursue. Mid-level bureaucrats are forever writing contingency plans and position papers.

    It's not unlike the Pentagon writing plans for invading .... It does not mean that the leaders actually want to invade that country - just that the planners have thought out the issues, strategies, ...

    So, yes this is an item of curiosity, interest, and potential concern, but NO it is not proof that the administration is planning to pursue any of these action.

    August 23, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Lisa P

    So I take it that this is another conservative destruction/bloodshed/purity fantasy, like the "Mosque" (i.e., community center) "At" (i.e. two blocks away from) "Ground Zero" (i.e. the World Trade Center site)? When are we going to start treating these people like the sad deluded xenophobic idiots they are?

    August 23, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. water bearer

    I am so sick of hearing "conservative" groups complaining about every, single solitary thing this President does, or doesn't do! Where were all these groups when the previous administration did NOTHING about immigration because his own party wouldn't let him?

    Vote NO to the party of NO!

    August 23, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. GL

    They are nothing but HATERS! They started this fight and President Obama is going to finished this fight and they are not going to like the way it will end. Don't start a fight you know you are not going to win.

    August 23, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. DAVE

    Maybe his tweeker mom can help him run the office.

    August 23, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. jamfish

    That's right, Laverne, no dialogue or conversation is necessary. Legislation by executive fiat! That's the American way!

    /not

    August 23, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Matt

    Were these people writing G.W. Bush letters about his abuse of power regarding signing statements? I'm not that they are wrong here, just wondering if they are consistent in their drive to call out overreaches of the executive branch.

    August 23, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Of course the neoclowns never mention that record numbers of illegals have been deported under Obama. Maybe, if y'all stopped dodging taxes, we could properly fund the government to do its job. Have a nice day!

    August 23, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. barry

    This isn't new. There was a so called draft memo that came out a few weeks ago that the GOP brought out. The President is smarter than to pull something like this now. There would be a backlash far worse than the Mosque stance created. This is most likely Conservatives keeping their base fired up to assure they get out and vote. The Presidents poll numbers are sliding. Gone are the days of the arrogance he is coming to realize that he could wind up in the same class as Jimmy Carter. He won't do anything
    controversial like this to bring that on himself. He is thinking about survival right now. If the Republicans win the house his chances go up, he catches a break. If the Democrats keep both House and Senate he will have more pressure on him than ever and he certainly wouldn't take something like this up then. I don't think we will see him take a stand again on a issue that 60 to 70% of the country is against. The media may love him for things like this but the voters won't.

    August 23, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. GL

    This is what you racist fools get for over playing your hands by voting no to everything even if it is for the good of this country. Didn't your mother every tell you there is always more then one way to skin a cat. Hey racist fool, move out the way of Comprehensive Immigration reform or I will use my Excutive power. Good for you Mr. President.

    August 23, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Joan

    If the Republicans had an ounce of integrity, responsibility, sincerity and class they would forget their policy of NO to everything and trying to cause all of President Obama's policies to fail, and work with the Congress to come up with a decent immigration policy. Perhaps Sen. McCain could flip-flop back from his current agenda and put forth his immigration bill that he co-sponsored just a few years ago. Why are people afraid of calling him out on this blatant flip-flop?

    August 23, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Trythefacts

    I live in Arizona . . . I am more of an expert on this issue than the lame liberals blaming others . . . Obama does not lead the will of the people and he is own his own agenda.

    August 23, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. bill

    We need to stop kidding ourselves. Neither the Republican nor the Democratic parties are going to do much about illegal immigration because they are so afraid of losing the Hispanic vote.

    Illegals are here to stay because members of congress of BOTH parties don't have the cajones to say or do anything!

    August 23, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. jim

    It's not enough that the Obama administration isn't doing everything possible to put Americans back to work they are allowing illegals to take the few jobs that are being created.And yes Bush let illegals play the system also.

    August 23, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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