Barack Obama is going to delay executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections. During an interview on “Meet the Press” Sunday, he openly admitted his purpose is to soften the blow at the polls for his beleaguered Democrat friends. Knowing this president, even this unabashedly cynical partisan stance on one of the more pressing issues facing the country today was hardly surprising, though it drew condemnation from both sides, if for different reasons.
“Today the president and the Senate Democrats have made it very clear that undocumented immigrants and Latinos are simply viewed as political pawns,” complained Eddie Carmona of PICO National Network, an amnesty advocacy group.
Obama promised earlier this year to whip out his mighty pen and craft an executive order to “fix” the illegal immigrant problem by the end of summer. There were few details at the time about how exactly he planned to do this, but the solution was most likely to land somewhere between conditional and unconditional amnesty for millions of illegals living in the U.S.
Obama’s announcement Sunday to delay action on immigration came after pleas from Democrat Senators Mark Pryor, Jeanne Shaheen and Al Franken to delay action, fearing that voter backlash before November could swing the Senate to the Republicans. After all, holding seats is all that matters.
There was a time, though few seem to remember, when Republicans and Democrats staked their claim on either side of an issue, then hashed out a means of making legislation to address that issue. There were not always compromises, and sometimes one party or another took a shellacking. But that was politics and that was how the system worked. What we’re seeing now is a hyper-partisan president who has chosen to make an end run around the legal process to fulfill his own goals, most of which are tied to his ego and not the welfare of the country. His party is complicit in his unconstitutional actions because they hope to benefit politically. The good of the nation is of no consequence.