For months, President Barack Obama said there were limits to his power to protect people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation. Now, he is considering broad action to scale back deportations that could include work permits for millions of people, according to lawmakers and immigration advocates who have consulted with the White House.
The shift in White House thinking came after House Republicans said they wouldn’t take up immigration legislation, which Mr. Obama and advocates for immigrants had hoped would create a path to citizenship for many in the U.S. illegally.
Mr. Obama already has offered work permits and safe harbor from deportation to so-called Dreamers—about 500,000 people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The new action could expand those protections to their parents or to other sets of illegal immigrants.”
This talk of a mass executive amnesty should be regarded as a trial balloon. If there is opposition, he may not go through with it—after all, an election is coming up and millions of Americans are out of work. But that that will only happen if Americans make their voices heard—and don’t allow the Religious Left and the Obama Administration to hand away our country by fiat.