Last July, Barack Obama told his favorite Hispanic group, the National Council of La Raza, that he knew “some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own.”  He admitted that the idea was “very tempting.” Then he added, “But that’s not how — that’s not how our system works.”

 

 On Monday the Supreme Court issued its ruling on the constitutional challenge filed against the Arizona immigration statute. In the decision, one of the four provisions at issue was upheld, while the remaining three were struck down.

 

 President Obama’s June 15 decree freeing at least 800,000 young illegal immigrants from possible deportation should be debated far more on executive overreach than on problems resulting from years of poor policing of the nation’s borders. The fact that Obama did by executive order what Congress refused to legislate should raise a fundamental question: Where does a President derive power to make law?

The Pew Hispanic Center says President Obama’s amnesty for illegal alien youngsters will permit about 1.4 million illegals to stay in the country, a considerable jump from the 800,000 originally reported.  The research organization bases its claim on its estimates of the total number of illegals here, which it puts at about 11.2 million.

President Obama's latest political ploy — granting new "rights" out of thin air, by Executive Order, to illegal immigrants who claim that they were brought into the country when they were children — is all too typical of his short-run approach to the country's long-run problems.

In a speech from the Rose Garden on June 15, President Obama announced a new immigration policy that would exempt hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens from deportation. Curiously, Republican presidential candidate and presumptive nominee Mitt Romney has refused to say whether he would "repeal" President Obama's immigration order if he were elected president.

 Johoan Rodriguez, a 27-year-old veteran border jumper from Mexico who killed Houston police officer Kevin Will on May 29, 2011 as the officer, a husband and father, was investigating a another crash, was sentenced to 55 years in prison. Rodriguez was a member of the Salvadoran drug and murder gang MS-13, prosecutors said.

Two recent polls show that Americans support Arizona’s tough immigration law that the Obama administration is trying to overturn in the U.S. Supreme Court. The CNN and CBS/New York Times surveys both show that most Americans clearly don’t think the law is racist and believe the states should play a role in enforcing immigration law.

On Wednesday, Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) introduced his bill, “Studying Towards Adjusted Status Act” or the STARS Act, in an effort to break the logjam over immigration reform and provide a path to US citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.The STARS Act is a limited version of the hotly contested DREAM Act.

 

After extended legal wrangling, Alabama's revised anti-illegal immigration statute, H. B. 658, was finally signed into law by Governor Robert Bentley.  Two days into a special session of the Alabama state legislature called by Governor Robert Bentley, the Governor failed to find a friendly lawmaker who would introduce his proposed amendments to the state’s immigration law.

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