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Press Release

The Emperor Has No Clothes

Washington, DC- In the hours leading up to President Obama’s speech outlining his plans to unilaterally advance immigration reform, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe commented:

“The president’s announcements tonight have nothing to do with immigration. This fight has to do with whether or not we are a country with laws and a separation of powers designed to protect the will of the American people from the arbitrary actions of Washington insiders.”

“The president himself, who taught constitutional law as a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, explained that he is ‘not the emperor of the United States, [his] job is to execute laws that are passed.’ By proceeding, President Obama is not only breaching constitutional limits on his power, he is asking every single public official who took the oath to uphold the Constitution to break the law with him.”

"The expansion of executive power under this administration has created a dangerous pattern of unilateral action that will almost certainly be abused by future presidents, regardless of party."

In an Univision 2011 townhall President Obama explained to students why executive action is an unacceptable governing strategy:

“We’ve got three branches of government. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.”

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DSBranca
11/24/2014

100% agree with Matt Kibbe. Abraham Lincoln said 'America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves'.
The system is under attack. This decree doesn't help even those it claims to help, and it creates a culture of corruption where, like in uncivilized countries, laws and decrees are in conflict with each other - and no matter what you do you'll be breaking the law.
I believe the intent with this decree is NOT to help immigrants, but to expand this culture of corruption.. This article explains it well: http://www.investingforprosperity.com/immigration-decree.html

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stone stone
11/24/2014

Funny how there's this huge outcry primarily from the right over Obama's use of executive orders. Obama has used less executive orders than any president in OVER 100 YEARS. That's right. In fact you can go back at least 7+ Republican Presidents and ALL of them used more executive orders than Obama and that goes for the darling of the GOP, President Reagan. So if that's the case... why no outcry then? Secondly, the President's action were well within his power and if you want to draw an absolute direct correlation Reagan ALSO issued an executive order in 1986 and it too was over immigration and in fact is the very law we still use today. Furthermore the Regan law- just like the Obama law- were not all encompassing. In the case of Reagan the law was flushed out by congress and the senate.

So there you have it. Interesting that there are all these comments about corruption, "uncivilized" societies and whatnot when such claims are entirely misguided on many levels both in terms of substance and historical record.

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Kdenney
11/23/2014

Correction Oblammer was not nor ever has been a Professor he was a GUEST lecturer and to my knowledge never will be!!! And he had his law license (dis bared just like Moochelephant and BOTH Clintons) taken for corruption back in his ACORN days!!! Of course Bill lost his over misconduct when he lied to congress!! And Hitleray lost hers during Watergate for using fraudulent documents while working for the Senate under Howard Baker I believe in 76!!

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dprato
11/23/2014

Lets get one thing straight. Obama was never a Professor at Chicago University he was a Lecturer. That is one of the many lies about his background. Additionally, he never tried a Constitutional Law Case or any other case by himself but was always a member of a team and never the lead attorney. So lets not give this bozo any credit for things he has actually not done. That is probably why he routinely ignores the Constitution because he probably really doesn't even know whats in it.

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stone stone
11/24/2014

I'd suggest reading my response above. Obama has used less executive orders than any other US President in over 100 years. Just something to think about.

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jaime_cancio
11/23/2014

No way an emperor; he has to be of royal lineage and history by birth and Obozoass is of no royalty. Obozoass birth is probably the left over stain from a man name Frank that was a pervert. What he is or wants to be is a third world black socialist/communist/Marxist dictator liken to his relatives in Africa. If he achieves that status; ask your self how long will it be before the ethnic cleansing begins. And everyone stop pretending Congress has not sent any bills to Obozoass to sign; they did and were 'all' tabled by Harry Reed and never once saw the light of day. Communist taught me one thing and my friends took notice and acted accordingly; the communist told us that power comes from the barrel of a gun - my friends and people around this country have purchased guns and ammunition - I don't think Obozoass or blacks yet realize the hornet's nest they created, waiting for the day all the BS of blacks [riots, crimes, violence, robberies, burglaries, murders] is shoved down their throats or up their rear ends.

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haburesolute
11/22/2014

Until we retrieve transparency, they will slip and slide us to a collapse of the republic, and we will fall into communism. Those who thought they can be worked with, reasoned with had better speed up their uptake. These real marxists, and we cannot coddle them until the next election. The are turning everybody on the low information side into Lenin's useful idiots. Start calling them the marxists they are, and they will shake off their drunken power stupor.

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stone stone
11/24/2014

Oh nooooo..... Communism! Yup, good ole McCarthy must be pleased that worn-out scare tactic is so well-used and believed in some 60+ years after he perfected the art.

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stone stone
11/21/2014

The Republicans might as well give up winning in 2016 now. Its amazing how astoundingly dumb elements of that party really is. Why? Because the results of the President's decision on immigration reform means something definite: Immigrants overwhelmingly favor the measures. If you want to win Presidential elections you have to win that vote.

Already the predictable is happening: The ignorant and ill-informed are now making their voices heard and this will further communicate to immigrants that the GOP is by far not the party for them.

The GOP seriously only has ONE option: Sign the bill they sat on for over a year. Any other actions on their behalf will be seen as negative by immigrant groups and if they succeed in turning off those voters... they will lose. Its really that simple, and they know it. Or maybe they don't because again I am amazed at their party's overall lack of intelligence...

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dprato
11/23/2014

Not sure where you get your facts but a majority of people in this country including Hispanics are not in favor of any form of amnesty. Most of the polls taken over a rather long period of time now show this to be true. So before you start calling other people ignorant, which by the way is a character trait of most liberals who comment on these forums, check your facts and don't spout nonsense.

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Greg Woodall
11/21/2014

SIGN THE PETITION LINK DOES NOT WORK

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