Two cabinet level officers, Chertoff and Gutierrez, announced thatincreased efforts to curb illegal immigration will be made and said it is “all we can do” in the absence of action by Congress.
It seems to me though that these actions are within current law and require no action by congress. Any president could have done this at any time. Over the past many years no president has made much effort to enforce border security or hold employers strictly to the rules. To now start an effort, however modest, and take a swipe at congress over a related but entirely different subject, what to do about those here and provide for a worker program, is scurrilous partisanship. Would they have made the same crack at congress if it were still run by Republicans?
In fact, weren’t most of the Democrats in favor of the president’s immigration program? Wasn’t it waylaid by mostly Republicans?
Wouldn’t it be a good idea for the executive to go about seeing that the immigration laws that exist be faithfully executed?