Obama’s Immigration Announcement and What’s Next
Huffington Post | Ryan Campbell | Posted: July 2, 2014
“America cannot wait forever for [the GOP] to act. That’s why today, I am beginning a new effort to fix as much of the immigration system as I can on my own… If House Republicans are really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, the best solution to that is passing bills… pass a bill, solve a problem. Don’t just say no on something that everybody agrees needs to be done. If we pass a bill, it will supplant whatever I’ve done administratively.”
The above quote is the true essence of what Obama said yesterday: a harsh critique of House GOP refusal to act, and a promise of action in the yawning legislative void that Congress has become. This legislation can easily be overridden by Congress if they pass a law: Congressional legislation trumps executive orders, and Obama phrased this as a challenge and invitation to legislate.