WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s speech last night, where he announced his not-so-secret plans to use an executive order to give illegal immigrants more leeway in the U.S. via work permits. The speech was criticized by Republicans and praised by Democrats, with Hillary Clinton (a potential 2016 nominee for the Democrats) tweeting her support of Obama’s executive order:
She’ll no doubt face critics if she declares to run for president in 2016 regarding her support of Obama, whose own approval ratings are tanking. Gallup reported it has fallen to 42%, and Obama has a 52% disapproval rating.
Republicans countered and pointed out how the executive order bypasses Congress and the rule of law. As CNN reported, House Speaker John Boehner said:
“By ignoring the will of the American people, President Obama has cemented his legacy of lawlessness and squandered what little credibility he had left…His ‘my way or the highway’ approach makes it harder to build the trust with the American people that is necessary to get things done on behalf of the country. Republicans are left with the serious responsibility of upholding our oath of office.”
As an article in The Atlantic pointed out, past attempts at amnesty for illegal immigrants has not worked out so well. In fact, the previous attempts have failed miserably.
The Associated Press’ own take on Obama’s speech pointed out inconsistencies in his rhetoric, specifically how Obama overlooked his inaction on immigration since taking office in 2008 even with a majority in Congress, how border arrests have risen since 2011, how more children were accosted at the border, and how his speech (and plan) are more overreaching than he stated.
Obama’s speech raises many countless questions about the implications for the near-and-not-too-distant future. Conn Carroll, editor of Townhall Magazine, puts it best in a series of tweets:
And here’s the pragmatic, “let’s get back to reality about bureaucratic red tape” tweet: