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Obama’s unilateral action on immigration

Nov 21, 2014 | Jared Powell •

Just weeks after the midterm elections, in which the American people soundly rejected the President’s big-government policies, President Obama announced last night that he would act unilaterally on immigration. House Republicans implored the President to work with the new Congress to fix our broken immigration system. The President ignored those appeals.

Here’s what Americans pundits wrote about this morning:

Wall Street Journal | Editors | I, Barack

President Obama ’s decision to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants by his own decree is a sorry day for America’s republic. We say that even though we agree with the cause of immigration reform. But process matters to self-government—sometimes it is the only barrier to tyranny—and Mr. Obama’s policy by executive order is tearing at the fabric of national consent.

National Review Online | Senator John Cornyn | The Case against Obama’s Amnesty

Though the president promised he would tackle immigration reform with Congress during his first year in office, his record has instead been a series of empty promises and unilateral policy changes that have produced disastrous results.

Wall Street Journal | Peggy Noonan | The Nihilist in the White House

The president’s executive action on immigration is an act of willful nihilism that he himself had argued against in the past. It is a sharp stick in the eye of the new congressional majority. It is at odds with—it defies—the meaning and message of the last election, and therefore is destructive to the reputation of democracy itself.

BloombergView | Megan McArdle | Obama’s Immigration Speech Acrobatics

There’s a perfect word to describe President Barack Obama’s speech tonight, and that word is “blatherskite.” He was supposed to be explaining his actions to regularize the status of millions of undocumented immigrants; what he delivered was a festival of glorious nonsense.

Wall Street Journal | James Freeman | Americans Not Enjoying Era of Big Government

According to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, a full 56% of Americans agree with this statement: “The economic and political systems in the country are stacked against people like me.” This disillusionment index has been rising for more than a decade and coincides with an explosion in the size of the federal government.

Washington Post | Michael Gerson | Obama’s immigration executive order is a confession of a democratic failure

It must come as a relief to Obama that, on immigration at least, he didn’t need to sell it — just provide an explanation after imposing his view. But there is a cost. He has taken an important national discussion and turned it into just another controversial Obama initiative. He has resolved one portion of the immigration debate while poisoning the possibility of broader reform and politically discrediting Republicans who might be open to it.