The Growing List Of Obama’s End-Runs Around Congress And The Constitution

The Growing List Of Obama’s End-Runs Around Congress And The Constitution
Last week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) refreshed his list of all the ways President Barack Obama has flouted the Constitution by shouldering the legislative burden of Congress on his own shoulders.

On his official .gov page, Cantor outlined a new batch of “Recent Examples of the Executive Branch Refusing to Faithfully Execute the Law” under the heading “The Imperial Presidency.” He’s been keeping tabs on this since October of 2012, when he first issued a list of more than 40 separate examples “of the breakdown of the rule of law” under Obama.

Non-enforcement of Immigration Laws for Parents and Guardians. On August 23, 2013, the Obama administration issued a policy directive instructing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials not to enforce immigration laws in cases in which the illegal immigrant is the primary provider for a minor child, regardless of the child’s immigration status, or in which the illegal immigrant is the parent or legal guardian of a child who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. This is another example of President Obama abusing his authority and unilaterally refusing to enforce the immigration laws by directing officials to stop removing broad categories of unlawful immigrants.

On August 12, 2013, Attorney General Holder announced in a speech to the American Bar Association changes in federal mandatory minimum sentencing policy regarding low-level, non-violent drug offenders. Although Members of Congress may agree with many of the policy issues Attorney General Holder outlined in his announcement, reform regarding mandatory minimums is constitutionally required to come from Congress. But rather than work with Congress to address issues with mandatory minimums, the Obama administration re-wrote federal law by executive fiat.
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