BREAKING: Amnesty Executive Order Announcement Coming Thursday in Prime Time Address

Daniel Doherty
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Posted: Nov 19, 2014 1:15 PM
BREAKING: Amnesty Executive Order Announcement Coming Thursday in Prime Time Address

Remember reading this? Disregard it. It’s coming tomorrow:

Our immigration system has been broken for decades -- and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country.

So tomorrow night, President Obama will address the nation to lay out the executive actions he’s taking to fix our broken immigration system. You can watch the President live tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET at WhiteHouse.gov/Live.

Politico has some additional details on the executive order itself, which will reportedly affect some five million “undocumented immigrants”:

The executive actions will cover 4 million undocumented immigrants who would qualify for deferred deportations by using criteria such as longevity in the United States and family ties, according to sources briefed on the discussions. Another 1 million would receive protection through other means, two sources said.

UPDATE: The jury's still out on this one.

UPDATE: This could get awkward.

UPDATE: By the way, the Washington Post editorial board has already advised against this course of action. Oh well.

UPDATE: Republicans aren't just going to forget, Mr. President:

UPDATE: Republicans will not be attending the White House dinner tonight after all.

UPDATE: Yup, no Republicans allowed.

UPDATE: A new poll shows the president's impending unilateral action is opposed by "almost half of Americans."

UPDATE: No words.

UPDATE: Taking to the pages Politico Magazine, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) suggests ways congressional Republicans can respond:

If the President announces executive amnesty, the new Senate Majority Leader who takes over in January should announce that the 114th Congress will not confirm a single nominee—executive or judicial—outside of vital national security positions, so long as the illegal amnesty persists.

This is a potent tool given to Congress by the Constitution explicitly to act as a check on executive power. It is a constitutional power of the Majority Leader alone, and it would serve as a significant deterrent to a lawless President. Additionally, the new Congress should exercise the power of the purse by passing individual appropriations bills authorizing critical functions of government and attaching riders to strip the authority from the president to grant amnesty.

UPDATE: Eighteen Democrats are going:

UPDATE: Flip-flop of the year?

UPDATE: "Reagan and Bush did the same thing, but nobody complained back then! This is nonsense."