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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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Posted on 11/21/14 at 10:46 am in response to Obama’s immigration maneuver: This isn’t how it’s supposed to work

Not Obama's

Posted on 11/21/14 at 10:50 am in response to Obama’s immigration maneuver: This isn’t how it’s supposed to work

All it takes is for employers (mostly conservatives, if you read the papers) to require proof of citizenship before hiring people.
People cross the border illegally because there IS work here.

Posted on 11/21/14 at 03:36 pm in response to Obama’s immigration maneuver: This isn’t how it’s supposed to work

that 'criminal acts are lawful'.
There's a difference between saying that acts are legal and that they will not be prosecuted.
That's what plea bargaining is about: a prosecutorial decision not to prosecute an illegal act.

Posted on 11/21/14 at 03:39 pm in response to Obama’s immigration maneuver: This isn’t how it’s supposed to work

gave your ancestors permission to immigrate?
Most of us are the descendents of illegal immigrants.

Posted on 11/21/14 at 03:49 pm in response to Obama’s immigration maneuver: This isn’t how it’s supposed to work

and the article is not be Ezra Klein, although he is Vox's editor-in-chief.
It does look interesting, though.

Posted on 11/22/14 at 09:58 am in response to Obama’s immigration maneuver: This isn’t how it’s supposed to work

Another true statement of questionable relevance to the current situation.

Posted on 11/22/14 at 10:04 am in response to Obama’s immigration maneuver: This isn’t how it’s supposed to work

We live in a republic (recite the pledge), not a democracy.
That is, ours is a representative system where we elect people to make decisions in our name.
If we don't like those decisions we elect someone else the next time.
We don't decide everything by referendum -- THAT would be pure democracy which is not our system.
('Demos' means mob in Greek -- the Founders wanted to avoid mob rule which is why they set up a layered representative system).

As for 'his own...

Posted on 11/22/14 at 10:10 am in response to Obama’s immigration maneuver: This isn’t how it’s supposed to work

Who has issued a pardon?
That's a specific legal act very different from a decision not to prosecute.
If someone is pardoned, they have a permanent immunity from future prosecution from that act. In this case, it would be the President declaring that the 'illegals' were in the country legally.
In this case, on the other hand, there is only a (very temporary) decision not to prosecute, which could be reversed at any time. No one is permanently off the hook.

Posted on 11/22/14 at 10:16 am in response to Obama’s immigration maneuver: This isn’t how it’s supposed to work

he/she would insure that there would not be a next Republican President.

Posted on 11/22/14 at 01:38 pm in response to Obama’s immigration maneuver: This isn’t how it’s supposed to work

This election showed (once again) that low turnouts favor the (mostly white) Republican party.
If by 'for now' you mean for the next year, you may be right.
Enjoy it while you can.