Asked for reassurance people wouldn’t be deported as legal battle over executive amnesty plays out in courts.
by DANIEL HALPER | WEEKLY STANDARD | MARCH 5, 2015
President Obama warned workers at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: implement executive amnesty, or else. He made the comments in a town hall event on immigration on MSNBC.
|According to the White House pool report, President Obama was asked for reassurance that people wouldn’t be deported as the legal battle over the executive amnesty plays out in the courts.|
“Until we pass a law through Congress, the executive actions we’ve taken are not going to be permanent; they are temporary. There are going to be some jurisdictions and there may be individual ICE official or Border Control agent not paying attention to our new directives. But they’re going to be answerable to the head of Homeland Security because he’s been very clear about what our priorities will be,” Obama said, according to a partial transcript provided by the pool reporter.
“Not only are we going to have to win this legal fight.. but ultimately we’re still going to pass a law through Congress. The bottom line is I’m using all the legal power invested in me in order to solve this problem.”
“If somebody’s working for ICE … and they don’t follow the policy, there’s going to be consequences to it.”
Real estate market crashing and the bankers are getting desperate
by INVESTMENT WATCH | MARCH 5, 2015
ADP employment number miss expectations. RBS, Target laying off people. Deflation not showing up in food, alcohol or electricity. New type of loans, landlord loans, real estate market crashing and the bankers are getting desperate. FCC wants to be the referee of the internet. China tells Obama to mind his own business about fighting terrorism. Russia creating program to stop color revolutions which end up in regime change. US expands sanctions on Russia for another year. US troops heading to Ukraine. NATO ships in Black Sea. US making the case to invade Libya.
“He’s grasping for straws”
by STEVE WATSON MARCH 5, 2015
The head of the National Rifle Association blasted President Obama Wednesday night in an appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, calling him a “dictator” and declaring that the President “hates” that American have a right to bear arms.
Wayne LaPierre was responding to Obama’s executive actions to ban ammo for the AR15 rifle, a move many have declared to be gun control via the back door.
Asked by Dobbs why there hasn’t been more outcry about the move, LaPierre answered “Well, probably because the media doesn’t want the American public to know what this president is trying to impose on them.”
“He’s grasping for straws, he hates the Second Amendment, he hates the fact Americans have a constitutional right to own firearms,” LaPierre added.
“He can’t win at the ballot box, he can’t win in the Congress, and now he’s trying to act like a dictator and planning on forcing this ammo ban on the American public by executive regulation.” the NRA boss urged.
LaPierre further noted that Obama is going after ammo because of his failed attempts to ban AR 15 rifles.
“He tried to ban ARs, he couldn’t ban the ARs from the American public, the popular sporting rifle,” he continued. “Now [he is] trying to ban AR ammunition.”
The NRA head also warned that if Obama’s executive ban goes ahead, it will set a dangerous precedent for the future.
“The one he’s trying to ban is the 5.56, it’s a small rifle cartridge. The thing is, if he can ban that because it pierces soft body armor… under this standard, he can ban all rifle cartridges, because all of them pierce soft body armor.”
The proposed ammo ban has caused consternation among hundreds of lawmakers who wrote to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Wednesday, urging it to “abandon” the plan.
“Under no circumstances should ATF adopt a standard that will ban ammunition that is overwhelmingly used by law-abiding Americans for legitimate purposes,” the lawmakers wrote.
Meanwhile, top police representatives have said that there is no real need to implement a 5.56 ammo ban, because it isn’t a threat faced by law enforcement.
The Obama administration is not ruling out using executive powers to also address the tax code.
With Senate Democrats openly pushing the administration to take its own action on the tax front, the White House is not shooting down the idea.
“The president certainly has not indicated any reticence about using his executive authority to try to advance an agenda that benefits middle-class Americans,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest Monday.
At the same time, Earnest emphasized that there was no “imminent announcement” about executive steps on the tax front. He simply reiterated that Obama wants his team to examine “an array of executive authorities that are available to him.”
Asked again about executive action on taxes Tuesday, Earnest noted that the president has told lawmakers what he is interested in on taxes — closing loopholes for the wealthy and corporations, and using that revenue to invest in infrastructure and boost the economy — as well as Congress’s role in determining what constitutes the tax code. “There are laws that are in place that deal with Congress and their power of the purse. And it is Congress’s responsibility to make decisions about the budget,” he said.
But again, Earnest said he was not “ruling anything in or out,” when it came to specific executive steps.
“This is related to the president’s ability to use his executive authority to do what he thinks is the right thing for the country,” he said. “The fact is, we haven’t seen a lot of efficient production out of Congress over the last couple of months.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has pressed the White House to cut corporate tax breaks via executive power, and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, issued a report Tuesday that identified several other regulatory steps as well.
The Democratic push for executive help on the tax front comes as Republicans have lobbed harsh criticism at the president for acting alone on immigration.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) sent a letter to Obama Tuesday, calling on him to publicly reject Democratic calls for executive steps.
“By unilaterally rewriting the country’s tax code to implement your preferred policies, the executive branch would encroach upon this long-standing legislative power and undermine the separate, co-equal institutions that have served the American people well for hundreds of years,” he wrote.
— This post updated at 11:39 am.