McCarthy on Amnesty: Obama Perverts Prosecutorial Discretion
Who better than a former federal prosecutor to judge whether President Barack Obama can unilaterally impose amnesty for illegal immigrants via “prosecutorial discretion”?
Andrew C. McCarthy, now a contributor at National Review, explains: “Prosecutorial discretion means you are not required to prosecute every crime”, but it “does not mean that those crimes the executive chooses not to enforce are now no longer crimes.”
Yet that’s just what President Obama is proposing.
“He is claiming not only the power to determine what immigration laws get enforced and which illegal immigrants get prosecuted – power he unquestionably has,” writes McCarthy. The president, “also claims the power to declare (a) that criminal acts are somehow lawful – that illegal…[more]
In 2008, Barack Obama boldly suggested that he could be a transformative president in the manner of Ronald Reagan, as opposed to the comparatively non-consequential Bill Clinton.
That suggestion rightfully draws laughter today, as Obama's legacy begins to congeal.
Reagan's leadership and policies quickly revived our economy, rebuilt our military, restored our confident gait and won the forty-year Cold War before the close of the decade. In contrast, Obama's signature "achievement" is a healthcare monstrosity that has remained broadly unpopular since inception and continues…
"President Obama previously said he could not issue an executive amnesty because 'I'm the President of the United States, I'm not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.' Well, apparently we now have an 'Emperor of the United States.' President Obama's immigration order would provide illegal immigrants with the exact benefits Congress has repeatedly rejected: Social…[more]