Grassley doesn't mince words in his letter. He accuses Obama of taking an action for which he lacks legal authority, is contrary to his constitutional duty to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed," is an affront to representative government and the legislative process in bypassing Congress, and is an inappropriate use of executive power.
Grassley points out that Obama has full knowledge that his action was unlawful. Just last year, Obama stated, "This notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. ... We live in a democracy. You have to pass bills through the legislature, and then I can sign it."
Here are a few of the 29 questions, slightly paraphrased and condensed, which Grassley asked the president to answer.
Why has your position on your legal authority changed? Did you consult with attorneys about this and get a legal opinion and, if so, please provide copies of those legal opinions and emails? How will you treat the parents and others who deliberately violated federal immigration law by illegally bringing these young people into the U.S.?
What criteria will you use to decide who gets work permits and who doesn't, and what will be the status of the illegal aliens after the expiration of the two-year span of your executive order? Will the implementation cost of this gigantic program be paid by those who benefit, or will it be loaded onto the U.S. taxpayers?
Obama supporters try to justify his illegal order by claiming that the young people were brought into the U.S. through no fault of their own. Then we must assume that the fault belongs to the parent or whoever brought the kids, so those persons should be deported and allowed to take their children with them.
Although Obama bragged that his executive order would make our policies "more fair" and "more just," Grassley prefaced his litany of legal and fiscal questions about Obama's executive order by citing its fundamental unfairness. American citizens of ages comparable to the illegals who Obama is rewarding, ages 16 to 24, are suffering 17 percent unemployment, and another 32 percent of American citizens aged 18 to 29 are underemployed.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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