President Obama is reportedly about a week away from using his "pen and phone" to sign more executive orders, this time to make good on his longstanding threat – or promise (as you might see it) – to provide amnesty for illegal aliens who've been living in the United States without documented status for years.
"Before the end of the year, we're going to take whatever lawful actions that I can take that I believe will improve the functioning of our immigration system," Mr. Obama said during a news conference a day after last week's midterm elections. "What I'm not going to do is just wait."
Lawful? It is difficult, off the bat, to see how a president could lawfully make such a consequential decision – and most especially one regarding non-citizens – outside of the Constitutional framework and specifically without action by, umm, the lawmakers in Congress.
But that is well understood. Here is what Obama says he will do:
Asserting his authority as president to enforce the nation's laws with discretion, Mr. Obama intends to order changes that will significantly refocus the activities of the government's 12,000 immigration agents. One key piece of the order, officials said, will allow many parents of children who are American citizens or legal residents to obtain legal work documents and no longer worry about being discovered, separated from their families and sent away.
That part of Mr. Obama's plan alone could affect as many as 3.3 million people who have been living in the United States illegally for at least five years, according to an analysis by the Migration Policy Institute, an immigration research organization in Washington. But the White House is also considering a stricter policy that would limit the benefits to people who have lived in the country for at least 10 years, or about 2.5 million people.
Mr. Obama's actions will also expand opportunities for immigrants who have high-tech skills, shift extra security resources to the nation's southern border, revamp a controversial immigration enforcement program called Secure Communities, and provide clearer guidance to the agencies that enforce immigration laws about who should be a low priority for deportation, especially those with strong family ties and no serious criminal history.
People who weren't even born in America are taking significant advantage of one of Obamacare's single most expensive benefit, the expansion of Medicaid, a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) shows. In fact, immigrants have accounted for 42 percent of the growth in Medicaid enrollment since Obamacare began being implemented in 2011, the report finds.
"The high rate and significant growth in Medicaid associated with immigrants is mainly the result of a legal immigration system that admits large numbers of immigrants with relatively low-levels of education, many of whom end up poor and uninsured," report co-author Steven Camarota of CIS says. "This fact, coupled with the extensive supports we provide to low-income residents unavoidably creates very significant costs for taxpayers."
The report, which Camarota authored with Karen Zeigler, finds that from 2011 to 2013 a whopping 42 percent of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion went to immigrants and their children rather than to native-born U.S. citizens and their families.
Given this pending executive action, and the scope of Medicaid as a major component of Obamacare, this already staggering figure is set to increase to a bloated and burdensome figure for the taxpayers funding this healthcare "tax" (as the Supreme Court, who could also uphold the immigration decision, have determined mandatory Obamacare to be).
Opposing members of Congress have discussed potential plans to block the president's "executive amnesty" by cutting the purse strings and setting specific conditions that prevent funding under this executive order.
However, Americans have already seen the chaos of tens of thousands flocking to the border from Central America under the supposed misunderstanding about the opportunities extended to would-be immigrants by Obama.
How much more will happen now that he has once again moved to make law 'with the stroke of his pen'?Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.