Immigration and Obama Presidential Executive Order Powers
Does President Obama have the power to make an executive order on the immigration issue and change the immigration system in the United States that’s broken? The answer is a definitive “probably so”. Most education observers would rather see Obama go through “congress” (with a little “c” because they behave like children). The problem with that angle is congress and the republicans who are filled with anger, have been in “blocker” mode since BEFORE Obama even took office. The tragedy here is the United States people, well most of them anyway, either can’t see that republicans are “blocking” Obama at every step he makes, or are supporting the efforts of republicans to stop Obama from being a successful President.
I can remember a white woman (Hillary supporter) on the evening of the Democrat convention when Obama won the Democrat nomination saying “we will never support Obama”. And she was a DEMOCRAT! I appreciate her honesty on national TV because it displayed something that African Americans have known for a long time. Even when an African American is bright, seemingly intelligent, able to navigate the minefield that is U.S. Politics, and gets elected, there still exists discrimination that. That discrimination, many argue, isn’t based on race. Commentators say that the discrimination is based more on a “you’re not like me” type of discrimination. And that type of discrimination is more often than not, still of the type that would be unlawful in an employment environment. Many times it’s even more lethal than employment discrimination because it’s a hardness of the heart that the discriminator is displaying. And on the most segregated day of the week, Sunday, pastors, reverends, rabbis, and imams, all talk about “hardness of the heart”. They say hardness of the heart is ungodly and isn’t the right thing to do.
But then again, who said the republicans and others who oppose President Obama WANT to do the right thing? You can’t legislate against discrimination against the president because of his race. I suspect President Obama will talk a bit about that when he publishes his memoir about his two terms in office. It isn’t strange tht he’s silent now. What’s strange is that reporters, commentators, and political pundits like presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin see whats going on and don’t report on it.