Obama 2011: “I can’t just suspend deportations, there are laws on the books”

In March 2011, speaking at Univision town hall in Washington, D.C., Barack Obama firmly stated that, as president, he can’t simply “suspend deportations” with only an executive order. “With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed,” President Obama said then.

His statement then was in response to this straight forward question, “What if at least you grant temporary protective status, TPS, to undocumented students? If the answer is yes, when? And if no, why not?”

Today, the Obama administration seems to be contradicting what the president once believed. With the announcement that young illegal immigrants who “do not present a risk to national security or public safety” will not be deported, Obama seems to have turned a corner. Now the Obama administration will be using prosecutorial discretion not to go after these people.

So, what has happened since then? Has the president “evolved” on immigration the way he did on gay marriage?

There has not been any change to the laws on the books that would offer a different legal course regarding immigration. Instead, it appears to be a reinterpretation of the law–and of executive power–on the part of President Obama.

Read more at the Weekly Standard HERE.

  • R.Cook

    It is pure and simple politics. Since his statement at the Univision Town Hall Obama has realized he is in trouble and needs the Hispanic vote desperately. What suffers is the Constitution and the separation of powers. Now we just have to see if Congress with roll over on their backs again, play whore and lick bama’s boots or grow a pair and tell Obama that his executive order is invalid..

    • Nellie CA

      I live close to the borders of Mexico and Obama is not telling the truth about the amount of illegals that are crossing the borders. They are not all Mexicans. We had a bad accident on a major highway, main router to LA, CA, The van had 14 illegals from Columbia. 5 were killed. The man transporting them was injured as well as the rest of them. To take care of this 3 days of closed highway on north side, 3 helicopters to transport them to hospitals, some to Loma Linda U. hospital, and 3 other hospitals. 6 ambulances., Sheriff, Border Patrol, High Way Patrol, Detectives, coroner, investigators, insurance. The ambulances, hospitals, doctors don’t get paid. Many doctors are losing their practices as the Medical is not paying on time and they can’t carry the loss. The truck driver, tractor trailer, his truck was damaged. It was not his fault but the illegals didn’t have insurance. That is another loss and cost to the insurance company. Many of the illegals are from Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela, South American countries, China and Middle East. Acorn is involved with the asylum and Obama gave Acorn money to take care of HUD.
      If you have time, find the book called Crossing Hitler, Benjamin Carter Hatt. it is on amazon. I found it on my e-book. This is about the time before WW1 and when Hitler took over Germany and how he did this with-in and promises. The German people trusted him and little by little he kept putting his people in gov and changing the government rules. Very interesting! The first time I read the book and then read it again! You will be surprised

      • Daniel

        Thanks for the info Nellie CA. I’m here visiting Arizona for the next 10 days from Washington state. It is people like you who are the watch dogs and the new “journalists” informing the general public what is really going on, especially with the illegal immigration issue. This issue is about national security because not all illegals come across the border for jobs. This issue affects each and every state in terms of insurance costs and because the rule of law is undermined.

  • Harold Clark

    The congress hasn’t got the manhood or womenhood to face this illegal from destroying the country. They are either cowards or complicite in what he is doing. If they won’t act then it is time for the country to act. Like removing evryone of the corads plus Obama and his fellow commies.

  • Right now, I’m not sure who the bigger joke is, BO or Boehner (for not doing anything about him).

    Trully, why isn’t he visiting speaking up? And, why did it take him so long to take a stand against Holder? I know it seams like a different topic all together, but it’s not. It all amounts to this President and his administration thinking they are above the law. To this point, they have been proven correct.