By now everyone has heard of President Obama’s plan to use his executive authority to reform the immigration system, and this has undoubtedly ruffled the feathers of many conservatives, and probably even some moderates. There has been some debate over whether the president has the authority to do this, but these squabbles are nothing compared to what Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma thinks is going to happen.
Obama executive action will lead to violence.
We’ve seen illogical and inaccurate beliefs lead to violence in America from time to time. Recently, a couple killed three individuals in the name of the “patriot” movement because they were upset that a racist cattle rancher was being told to pay his bills. It seems Senator Coburn thinks something similar might go down after President Obama’s immigration order.
The country’s going to go nuts, because they’re going to see it as a move outside the authority of the president, and it’s going to be a very serious situation. You’re going to see — hopefully not — but you could see instances of anarchy. . . . You could see violence.”
There’s no doubt that something should be done to leaders who overstep the powers granted to them by the people. It should be noted, though, that this isn’t what’s currently happening. Unfortunately, considering the fact that Ted Cruz (one of the Republicans who staunchly refuses to stop being the stupid party) is telling his easily led followers that Obama is acting like a monarch, it’s actually a scary possibility that Coburn could be correct.
Immigration Executive Action Not Unprecedented
By now, most people have heard that both Reagan and Bush issued executive orders related to immigration amnesty. This is absolutely true. Of course, a few conservative talking heads out there have touted that this situation is different, and being the absolute geniuses that they are, most conservatives are repeating these claims without verifying them. If they took the time, they’d notice that, yes, the situations are the same.
The conservatives are right about there being at least one difference. When Bush and Reagan made their executive actions, it was when Congress had passed immigration bills that didn’t do enough. So Reagan and Bush issued executive orders because Congress didn’t do it’s job correctly. Isn’t that exactly what President Obama is doing? Even Gabriel Malor, one of the brainwashed writers over at The Federalist, has stated:
There has been no congressional amnesty. In fact, there has been no immigration action from Congress in the past few years except the post-9/11 REAL ID Act of 2005, which made it harder, not easier, for aliens to qualify for immigration relief.
So Reagan and Bush used their executive authority to make up for Congress doing its job half-assed, and Obama is using his executive authority to make up for Congress not doing its job at all. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see the issue here.
Americans want immigration reform.
In closing, let’s just point out that 81 percent of Americans stated that they want immigration reform during 2015. Why should their wishes be pushed aside simply because Republicans in Congress don’t want to take part in reform?
Oh, and since so many conservatives like to say that Obama is abusing his executive authority, let’s break it down for them. Between the time Obama took office and The American Presidency Project’s last update near the end of October, Obama has issued 193 executive orders. Good old Dubya, on the other hand, did 291. Papa Ronnie tossed 381 the way of the American people. In fact, since Teddy Roosevelt was president, only two other executives in the White House, George Bush Part I and Gerald Ford, have issued fewer executive orders than Obama.
Please forgive me, conservatives. I don’t usually throw out that much truth at once when I’m talking to you. I know it hurts your heads.