Bill Clinton Has Obama’s Back on Executive Action: He’s On ‘Pretty Firm Legal Ground’

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‘Twas the night before Executive Action and all through the House, Republicans were screeching….

But former President Bill Clinton took up for President Obama, saying he is on “pretty firm legal ground” to take executive action on immigration reform, seeing as every president in the modern era has issued some kind of executive action on the issue.

“As far as I can tell every president in the modern era has issued some executive action on immigration, so I imagine he’ll be on pretty firm legal ground,” Clinton said at a gala Wednesday evening to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The New Republic magazine, according to Rachel Huggins, reporting for The Hill.

Thus Clinton backed up Presidents Reagan, Bush I and II, and Eisenhower who all took executive action on immigration reform. In fact, every president since Eisenhower has done it.

President Obama will be speaking Thursday night at 8PM to announce the executive action he will be taking since Republicans have had 511 days to act and have done nothing. If Obama does what is anticipated, up to 5 million relatives of US citizens and permanent residents could be impacted.

It’s bizarre to hear Republicans screeching to the high heavens about Obama being a “lawless emperor” if he does what all other modern presidents have done, especially since Congress does not supply enough money to deport every undocumented worker. Yes, it’s true Dorothy, there is already a selective deportation policy, which the Obama administration says prioritizes terrorist suspects and criminals.

Republicans argue that not deporting is the same as amnesty, but even the conservative Supreme Court disagreed with this two years ago in an Arizona Papers Please case. They ruled that the President has broad discretion over the implementation of deportation policies. This is not the same thing as granting citizenship to folks, which only Congress can do.

If Republicans really don’t like what Obama does tonight, they could do something about it. But that something involves doing their jobs as legislators, and that’s not something they do very often. If House Republicans can get it together to stand up to their base and actually pass what the Senate sent them 511 days ago, Republicans would effectively stop Obama.

Republicans say they have a plan to do something on immigration, but they only came up with it to make Obama look bad. This is what reactionaries do. If they wanted to do something that would pass, they would vote on the bipartisan Senate bill gathering dust in their chamber. Instead, if they manage to do anything at all, they will craft something no sane legislator would vote for and then blame Obama for its failure.

So Republicans will continue to screech about Obama, trying to game the ref with personal insults because they don’t have facts and reality on their side. Republicans can’t even claim to have a legitimate gripe about executive office power, because their party expands that power egregiously every time they are in the White House.

Bill Clinton has Obama’s back on immigration, and that has to burn because the country really likes the former President.

15 Replies to “Bill Clinton Has Obama’s Back on Executive Action: He’s On ‘Pretty Firm Legal Ground’”

  1. Just read about the brilliant strategy of the White House regarding Obama’s announcement tonight, apparently it is set to come on just as the latino music awards show and they are delaying the start of the show to cover Obama, and with about 10 million latinos watching this is the audience the White House wanted to talk to.
    So eat your heart out CNN, CBS and FOX – the White House as usual made a smart move!

  2. I’m about to give an unpopular opinion right now, but it’s my opinion

    He’s doing this for Hillary, they both have been undermining PO for the longest (i.e. when he said he had it harder than PO and still got things done with Republicans, who honestly believes that?)

    He’s on extraordinarily firm ground…

  3. Glad to see the President make this move. The only republican idea as presented by Mitch McConnell is to make the US so undesirable that immigrants won’t come here. Here is a part of that story from the New yorker::
    McConnell warned that turning America into a dystopian hellhole that repels immigrants “won’t happen overnight.”

    “Our crumbling infrastructure and soaring gun violence are a good start, but much work still needs to be done,” he said. “When Americans start leaving the country, we’ll know that we’re on the right track.”

    All i can say is WTF?

  4. And watch an “almost” got to be President, two time loser: MITT ROMNEY as he go nuts tonight. He is the dude who favors “SELF DEPORTATION FOR ALL” And of course he is in the republican camp Hollering NO! on this issue. So, his head will bounce up and down later on when he gets the text of Obama’s speech tonite, because you know a lot of them are NOT going to watch, such is their contempt and disrespect for the President of the United Stats of America.

  5. “the country really likes the former President”. Unless I’m mistaken, Clinton’s approval ratings at this stage of *his* presidency were pretty poor too… Point being,
    1- Electorate’s none too smart, and
    2 – mebbe they’ll look back at Obama, too, in a much more favourable light later


    There shall be no celebration in the streets by new immigrants such as we saw with the Reagan amnesty.
    Such activity is limited to time periods of republican power only and is not to be undertaken by any other party.

  7. Brian, the New Yorker is Borowitz and he is a political satirist. I read the same article, as I love Andy’s humor.

  8. These two together are what this country needs now more than ever. The Republicans hate Obama because he’s black and will do anything to discredit him and have told all of WE THE PEOPLE SO.

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