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.