New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio fully supports President Obama’s plan to bypass Congress by using executive actions to further enact amnesty for illegal aliens.
During a press conference earlier today, the Democratic mayor said Obama “has every right to act in every way he can” to implement so-called “immigration reform” by himself.
“If Congress is uninterested in acting on crucial national issues that have fundamental national impact on our future as a country, then the president has every right to act in every way he can,” de Blasio said, suggesting that the best way to deal with the undocumented “fellow residents of this country” right now is through amnesty by executive fiat.
“I think the president doesn’t have a lot of choice here,” he added. “I think he’s tried for years to find common ground with the Republican House members and to address something that obviously has to be responded to in this country.”
After becoming mayor in January, De Blasio spent the first six months of his term giving free benefits to illegals.
“We want to make sure that no son or daughter of our city goes without the bank accounts, the leases, the library cards that make everyday life possible simply because they lack identification,” he said when he announced an earlier plan to grant city IDs to anyone, regardless of their citizenship status.
Obama would like to enact similar measures for illegal immigrants across the U.S. and is more than willing to use his “pen and phone” to do so.
“We’re not always going to be able to get things through Congress, at least not this Congress,” Obama said earlier today when he dared representatives to try and block his executive actions. “I want to make sure we emphasize not what we can’t do, but what we can do in the coming months.”
Bypassing Congress, however, is not only unconstitutional, but it also sets a dangerous precedent for future presidents to act dictatorially on issues beyond just illegal immigration.
“The president’s taste for unilateral action to circumvent Congress should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wrote in January. “The great 18th-century political philosopher Montesquieu observed: ‘There can be no liberty where the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or body of magistrates.’”
“America’s Founding Fathers took this warning to heart, and we should too.”