A few days ago, eight Republican senators sent a letter to President Obama in the face of rumors that he would issue an executive order stopping (at least temporarily) the deportation of undocumented immigrants with no criminal convictions. I found the following particularly absurd:
`We understand that there's a push for your administration to develop a plan to unilaterally extend either deferred action or parole to millions of illegal aliens in the United States,'' the letter reads. ``While deferred action and parole are Executive Branch authorities, they should not be used to circumvent Congress' constitutional authority to legislate immigration policy, particularly as it relates to the illegal population in the United States.''
Three thoughts come to mind:
First, this is coming from senators who adamantly refuse to exert their constitutional authority on the matter.
Second, they did not write a letter complaining about states like Arizona circumventing their constitutional authority.
Third, this sort of thing helps you understand why Congress is so abysmally unpopular.