"Our immigration law has never been a constant. For the first century of the United States existence, immigration was totally unregulated."
President Obama's liberal use of his executive authority has been defended by progressives as being firmly in line - and even less so - than the executive powers claimed by previous presidents. They'll point to the number of executive orders that President Obama has issued as evidence that his use of this authority is not abnormal.
"Wait a minute, don't you have to go through Congress at some point?" asks the student. "Oh, that's adorable, the executive order smirks, you think that's still how Congress works?"