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Obama: I'll act on my own on immigration

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    June 30, 2014 2:23 p.m.

    Go secure the border barack.

  • IMAPatriot2 PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    June 30, 2014 3:00 p.m.

    This is a red herring. President Obama had a majority in congress for the fiery two years of his presidency. To now blame others for this problem is ridiculous. He had the ability AND opportunity to take action but didn't. I'm losing hope that this POTUS has the ability to lead the country.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    June 30, 2014 3:15 p.m.

    Obama created this problem in the first place with his "dream act". Now, he acts like he's doing us a big favor by COMPOUNDING the problem.

    Sad thing is; the care and maintenance of 100,000's of thousands of kids flooding over the border will be on the middle class. The "rich" WON'T pay for them. The "poor" can't.

    We already spend over 100 billion per year on illegal immigrant trespassers.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    June 30, 2014 3:19 p.m.

    A bi-partisan group of Senators constructed a bill that had strong support. It was passed over whelmingly by the Senate. Polls show it would pass the house as well and BO would sign it. A small, radical, right wing segment (better known as the T-Party) has cajoled House leadership from bringing the bill to the floor for a vote. The GOP and our country continue to be held hostage be a small block of representatives. The GOP and our country cannot move forward until we rid ourselves from these radical, self serving politicans. Utahns need to remove Chaffetz,Bishop, and Stewart this Fall.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    June 30, 2014 3:23 p.m.

    Is there a valid reason why our "constitutional expert", who sits in the White House, has not read Article 1, Section 1, which gives all authority to legislate. Obama has NO authority to make law. His duty is to enforce the laws passed by Congress, including his duty to close our southern border.

    He's had time enough to learn his duty. In January, if he continues to abuse the office of President, he needs to be returned to Chicago and allowed to try to find a job in the private sector.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 30, 2014 3:25 p.m.

    It will be interesting to see what he thinks he can do without legislative backing.... should be a fun last 2 years.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    June 30, 2014 3:35 p.m.

    The truth is, Obama could've averted most of these immigration issues that are currently besetting the country by simply complying with existing laws. As it stands, he has shown a propensity for picking and choosing which aspects and parts of immigration laws he wants to follow and which ones he wants to and does ignore. The laws, as written, don't allow him or anyone else that level of discretion.

    If Obama and his administration would simply now follow existing laws regarding secured borders and deportations, much of the current "humanitarian crisis" could and would be averted. It's as simple as that. He's actually created most our current issues regarding immigration. It's counterproductive to now try to blame Congress for most of these issues.

    Granted, Congress does need to amend the 2012 immigration law that is currently being misused by the minors now crossing the border. It's being used and advocated in a way never intended. Congress needs to allow immigration officials the ability to immediately deport these minors and return them to their families in South America without unnecessary delays. It needs to be unequivocally understood that there are no free immigration passes.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    June 30, 2014 3:46 p.m.

    Yes, its sad when we have to break up families due to their poor decision to illegally immigrate.

    Just as it is when we break up families when a parent robs a bank.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 30, 2014 3:48 p.m.

    These are all Gods children, and it's good to know Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are reaching into their own pocketbooks to help provide care.

    What a nation of fools we have become!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 30, 2014 3:50 p.m.

    America is downgraded whenever Obama says "I'll act alone"!

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 30, 2014 3:54 p.m.

    ENforce the existing immigration laws. All of them.

    If he needs more money to build fences, hire guards, deport anyone here illegally, then let's give it to him.

    But, not a dime for care, feeding, lawyers, lodging or processing of any illegal immigrant to stay here. Get them home, and let them get in line and come here in accordance with our laws, and they will be welcome.

    No amnesty, no pardons, no exceptions.

    Obama's failure to enforce our current laws, and his de facto amnesty declarations are the bait that has lured this latest wave of underage illegals. He can reverse that with his famous pen and phone instantly. Do it!

    If all else fails, then militarize the border and use all necessary force to preserve our sovereignty and the rule of law.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    June 30, 2014 4:28 p.m.

    "I will make things right." Famous last words of such dictators as Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Amin, Pol Pot, etc. King John also tried that and we ended up with the Magna Carta.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 30, 2014 5:04 p.m.

    "I'll act on my own on immigration"

    Well, a President has to take whatever steps are necessary to get things done.

    And if our Tea-Party-contaminated Congress only wants to obstruct progress, then the Congress should rightfully be circumvented for the good of the nation.

    I remember when Republicans actually wanted to solve problems instead of being problems.

    . . . But that was long ago.

    I'm actually nostalgic for the days when Republican leaders were merely incompetent . . . And not intentionally destructive like so many of them appear to be now.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    June 30, 2014 5:16 p.m.

    In January DHS was advertising to hire contractors to assist with an expected 60,000 immigrant children coming across the border from Mexico.

    The problem of immigration that he has helped create in secret, he publicly says he wants to fix.

    Kinda like the anti-virus software companies writing the viruses you must buy their programs to protect your PC from.

  • David Centerville, UT
    June 30, 2014 10:26 p.m.

    Obama will go around Congress, despite the SCOUTUS decision just a few days ago that he acted unconstitutionally with his false recess appointments.

    Obama is once again acting against the constitution. Unbelievable.

    Everyone agrees that immigration and the border is a mess. But Congress writes the laws. The president signs the laws. He must work with Congress to fix immigration. If Congress is not acting the way he wants, then he must turn to the citizens to exercise their power of the vote.

    Citizens hold the ultimate power--the power of the vote. Not the president. He derives his powers from the people, and from the US Constitution, which was established by the people. Our government is set up to protect the people from the powers of government to abuse its citizens. But this president ignores the constitution and abuses the laws and the people.

    Congress should fix immigration. They should also remind the president of his place. It may require impeachment.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    June 30, 2014 11:52 p.m.

    Obama counts those turned away, the vast majority, as deportations. He's well lagging in the actual deportation department.

    There is been legislation passed by Congress to build the fence and begin to seal the border. That should be done first then everyone else here illegally should be handled case by case. If the U.S. can use them as workers then give them legal status. If they can't pass muster, then deport them.

    The U.S. can't be all things to all people.

  • Martin Handcart Descendant Azusa, CA
    July 1, 2014 6:39 a.m.

    This guy is so dictatorially scary!!!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 1, 2014 6:52 a.m.

    A nation by the people, for the people, and to the people has their elected House of Representative officials criticized by the President who was told by the Court he stepped over his authority. Over 400 men and women in Congress are elected by their legislative districts to be part of a system that both Democrats and Republicans participate in and control depending on election results. Executive orders are end runs. He has elections this fall to gain control of the House. He forced those Democrats to vote for ACA before they read it. We have numbers of districts to protect the balance of power. This President chose to make agreements with those men and women to promise them something they couldn't do the next election to get elected. The President;s party can blame the tea-party but the people choose.. Thank goodness the court saw the right light.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    July 1, 2014 7:01 a.m.

    Obama is all talk, no action!

  • Don Ira St George, UT
    July 1, 2014 7:03 a.m.

    If the President can enact laws at will, what do we have a congress for?

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    July 1, 2014 7:38 a.m.

    So after 6 years of promising to do something about illegal immigration, and 4 years with a Democrat congress, NOW he's going to finally 'do something'?

    Mr Obama: BUILD UP THAT WALL!!

  • techpubs Sioux City, IA
    July 1, 2014 7:47 a.m.

    @FT and Gary O:
    What proof is there that the current Immigration Laws need to be changed as opposed to being fully enforced? I invite you to cite the results of full enforcement for any 3 year period since 1986 that show the current laws did not provide employers with sufficient guest workers and quickly removed those who were ignoring our laws. To my knowledge there is no such evidence because even President Obama has not fully enforced the current laws. So rather than tossing out changes that may help or may make the situation worse I feel we need to fully enforce the current laws for at least 3 years to determine what works and what requires changing.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    July 1, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    If not for the tremendous wealth that illegal immigration represents to "Conservative" Capitalists, illegal immigration would have been well under control by now.

    But "Conservatives," interested in keeping this endless stream of cheap labor flowing into America, have once again OBSTRUCTED all reasonable attempts at stemming that flow, while voicing sentiments exactly the opposite to what they actually feel.

    So yes, it makes sense for Obama to take whatever unilateral actions he can in order to do what is right to protect America and American workers.

    Meanwhile, Conservatives, as usual, resist progress in that endeavor as much as they can.

    I'm not surprised.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    July 1, 2014 8:20 a.m.

    @ GaryO:

    Simple and verifiable facts that you should ponder:
    - It's now a day after this article and there are over 20 replies.
    - There is currently not a single "like" to your comment.

    That actually tells all of us a couple of things:
    - That the direction of your political feelings are very unpopular.
    - The Tea Party isn't the "fringe" group, but your extreme left-wing is.

    There are respondents from North Carolina, several from Texas as well as yours from Virginia. And yet there is basically a consensus here that Conservatives aren't the problem, but rather Obama and his left wing zealots are.

    That should give you pause to re-think your position and wonder why you are following fringe thinking.,, why you are in an under 5% group... at least on this comment board. And lastly, why is it that Obama and his political agenda is so unpopular among the masses. Numbers don't lie. Politicians do. Thankfully, there are more and more of us who are seeing through those lies. Obviously, there are a few still being deceived. But it's not too late for you to wake up, realize what's happening and change course.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    July 1, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    @ Gary:

    You're still not getting it. Obama doesn't need to take unilateral action. He just needs to follow existing immigration laws. He needs to once and for all secure the border, as current law demands... with whatever means necessary. And he needs to start making and processing quicker deportations. Turn-backs at the border are needed and are good. But they shouldn't count as deportations like the administration has been doing.

    Whether it's business people looking for cheap labor or democrats looking for future minority votes, the real issue right now is that the government, under the direction and leadership of Obama, is not following current immigration laws as they are written. And all the verbal rhetoric and finger pointing from you or any other Obama apologist won't change those facts.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    July 1, 2014 8:38 a.m.

    It was Obama's "acting alone" that created the current mess at the border.
    He has created a new magnet by offering the DREAM act.
    Now we have children wrapped in tin foil blankets, disowned by their parents in a effort to force the US to give them status.
    Please Mr. President, don't take matters into your own hands again.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    July 1, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    Copacetic –

    “There is currently not a single "like" to your comment.”

    Oh my! You’re right!

    But that’s to be expected. My comments wouldn’t have gone over well in Nazi Germany either.

    I would have been booed off the stage at a Nazi Party Rally.

  • IMAPatriot2 PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    July 1, 2014 10:08 a.m.

    Gary O. Your last comment is disturbing. Are you now comparing the American citizens to Nazi Germany? If I remember my history correctly, it was Hitler who led the Germans into a devastating war and genocide on an unprecedented scale by first dividing the country and then obtaining powers he was given to correct his own divisive actions. That, to me, sounds a lot like Obama who just asked for more authority and resources to correct a problem he created. Scary, huh?

    Furthermore, what president in history has denigrated his opponents as much as Obama? None in my long lifetime. Most of them at least had some grace and dignity which this POTUS lacks.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    July 1, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    GaryO,

    I really don't think you want to go into comparisons with today's political situation and the Nazi party. It will not end well for you. Objective results will show that the Obama administration is much, much, much more similar in action and in policy to the Nazi party than the GOP is (there are similarities on both sides, though).

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    July 1, 2014 11:42 a.m.

    Congress loses again. This will swing the elections blue again.

  • JDL Magna, UT
    July 1, 2014 12:01 p.m.

    Why is the House not rising the threat to impeach? In my opinion there is already ample evidence on many fronts to draft articles of impeachment for this tyrant.

    tyrant (ˈtaɪrənt)

    — n
    1.a person who governs oppressively, unjustly, and arbitrarily; despot
    2.any person who exercises authority in a tyrannical manner
    3.anything that exercises tyrannical influence
    4.(esp in ancient Greece) a ruler whose authority lacked the sanction of law or custom; usurper

  • Jimmytheliberal Salt Lake City, UT
    July 4, 2014 1:21 a.m.

    @GaryO...Attention usual nonsensical right wing neo-con tea party intellectuals! First off, I must recover from the gut wrenching laughter and utter disbelief that some adults today could possibly lack so much knowledge. GaryO in no way was making a comparison between the American people and the Nazis but most of you were already aware of this fact. However, since the mantra of the right is spin and make believe I honestly should no longer be shocked by any comments I read by the usual anti Obama sheep. Comments that consistently not only lack thought but most important facts and merit. In closing, basic research along with simple fact checking would prevent any more typical right wing anti Obama comments. This I believe would be much better for everyone involved rather the same old rhetoric you all seem to repeat back via D.N posts. Also, I would like to believe as adults how many "likes" a comment receives obviously based upon geographic location is elementary and irrelevant. After all our President defeated the Republican party nominee twice and that's the poll that truly matters. Correct?