On Friday, President Barack Obama visited Florida on a campaign stop and spoke to a crowd of Latinos about his end-run around the U.S. legislature when he announced his new non-deportation policy. But not everyone in the Sunshine State was enamored with Obama, least of all Rep. Allen West, according to political strategist and attorney Michael S. Baker.
Many Floridians and politicians, such as Rep. West, believe that Obama’s action is unconstitutional and are pondering what action will be taken by U.S. lawmakers, public-interest groups and political organizations to stop the Obama administration’s latest Chavez-esque power grab, Baker noted.
On Friday, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) said he is challenging Barack Obama on “his shocking usurpation of Congressional lawmaking powers under the Constitution, as Obama effectively declares Amnesty for nearly a million illegal immigrants in the U.S. [thereby] defying Congress’ refusal to pass any such exemption to existing immigration law.”
Rep. West argues that the constitutional position, that any significant changes of policy or enforcement are to be matters of legislation, reside as the sole responsibility of the Congress. And he does so correctly, according to many legal scholars who believe in the separation of powers.
At the very least, such a profound shift in the obvious intent and effect of standing law as originally passed by Congress would require the subsequent approval of Congress, said Congressman West, a highly decorated Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army.
“We have representative government,” West said in a statement, “and I think right now this shows that we’re getting away from government that’s based upon the consent of the American people, and we’re starting to live under a rule by edict or Executive Order.”
“The devil is in the details of [Obama's edict],” said the former combat officer.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claims the administration’s new program for young illegal immigrants, taken from the oft-failed DREAM Act legislation that has not been successful in passing several sessions of Congress, is “not Amnesty,” despite the fact that it will remove them from the deportation process, allow them work and education privileges, and unrestricted opportunities for reapplication for deferred status.
“In my book, that’s amnesty. In most sane people’s books, that’s amnesty. This whole controversy shows exactly how the left controls the language and the definition of words. George Orwell and Joseph Goebbels and Saul Alinsky would be proud of the Democrats,” said former police captain and security director Jeff Fitzgerald.
“At a time when American citizens are struggling to find work, the president has added an additional one million or more immigrants to compete for jobs that should go to the children of citizens. Plus illegal aliens get to pay in-state college tuitions which are much less expensive, while American children must pay out-of-state fees that are double or triple the tuition rates. Obama calls that fair?” asks Fitzgerald.
Meanwhile, Rep. West and fellow African American Republican Congressman Tim Scott (R-SC) are working to even the playing field for black conservatives who are treated viciously by the Democrats and their media sycophants.
For example, Tennessee congressional candidate, Brenda Lenard, who calls herself a Frederick Douglass Republican, often surprises audiences when she tells them that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a registered Republican not a Democrat, since the Democrats and Ku Klux Klan were closely aligned in the South during Dr. King’s civil rights movement.