August 23rd, 2010
04:02 PM ET
11 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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  1. Pragmatic

    The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency expects to deport about 400,000 people this fiscal year, nearly 10 percent above the Bush administration's 2008 total and 25 percent more than were deported in 2007.
    The pace of company audits has roughly quadrupled since President George W. Bush's final year in office.

    The effort is part of President Obama's larger project "to make our national laws actually work.

    ... This President is doing more than the last one ... and the GOP sat on their hands and did nothing when they controlled Congress & the White House .... easier to complain than to do anything to solve the real problems!

    August 23, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "It's funny that now that we have a Democratic president, "conservative" groups are coming out of the woodwork to complain about this country's immigration policy."

    May I? That should've read "It's predicatble that now that we have a black president, "conservative" groups are coming out of the woodwork to complain about this country's immigration policy."

    Two things scare them silly: (1) Demographic studies indicate that whites will be merely a member of the plurality in a couple decades, not the majority, and they just saw what happens when the vast majority of minorities votes in droves for the minority candidate and (2) minorities tend to vote Dem and the GOP doesn't seem to be able to wrap its collective head around positions and rhetoric that doesn't alienate them. This is why "ship them all out" has become the battle opposed to "find a fiscally responsible solution that everyone can live with." They may not be able to prevent the inevitable demographic shift, but they think they can slow it...and they certainly don't want it sped up by giving people a reasonable, rational, coherent path towards citizenship.

    August 23, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    These groups know they have no legal grounds to act or they would.
    They sight the Healthcare vote and whine that the law was circumventived. Hardly or the Republican leadership would have been all over it.
    When above average income, older white folk get togehter , all you will hear is – we want to keep our and the hell with everyone else.
    So many of these poeple benefitted from unions, goverment loans to business, and continue to benefit from Medicare and social security, you would think they would be greatful and wan to help others.
    Instead, the want to cut off any help to those that need it, want ot stop immigration- not just illegal and let poeple suffer that aren't them.
    This sort of greed and small-mindedness will cripple America.

    August 23, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |

    The Democratic controlled congress just passed a 600 million dollar border control bill, that will add major defense to the borders!! It's time for the GOP to grow up.

    August 23, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    There's more ways than one to "skin a Republican" and I say way to go Obama administration.

    August 23, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    And no...I'm not calling people racists...I'm just saying that they believe this was supposed to be a "white people country."

    HAHAHA. Sniff that.

    August 23, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Rush Goebbels

    The Wasps are really starting to get scared now,they might move back to the british isles,hahaha

    August 23, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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