If you need any more evidence that President Obama only respects the law when it agrees with them, look no further than how he is handling Judge Andrew Hannen's decision to block the President's amnesty order. The Washington Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security is still "rushing" ahead with contracts with firms to process illegal aliens. From the paper:
A government watchdog says the Obama administration is continuing to award multi-million-dollar contracts to firms to quickly process millions of illegal immigrants, despite a federal court’s decision to put a stay on the president’s amnesty order.
A Request for Proposal was recently posted in the government’s official database for federal contracts and comes from the Department of Homeland Security agency charged with processing visa and naturalization petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The complex contract is being pushed at a “full-throttle pace,” a government source told Judicial Watch on Friday.
To give you an idea of the size of the job before these companies, the request estimates that they will be processing as many as four million illegals. Interestingly, the federal government cancelled the RFP after Judicial Watch posted what it had found on Friday.
This comes on the heels of the National Review's story yesterday that the Border Patrol is still enforcing the parts of Obama's amnesty that were not blocked by Hannen's decision. It's entirely legal technically, but it is a useful reminder that we should not pin our hopes solely on the courts to toss out Obama's amnesty order. There has to be legislative action on the matter. As Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) explains:
Congress, so threatened, can never acquiesce to this action by funding it. The President has acted unconstitutionally, and it is the President—not Congress—who must back down. We are a coequal branch of government, delegated with the powers necessary to defend our institution and our constitutional role. We cannot and must not establish the precedent that we will fund illegal actions on the hope that another branch of government will intervene and strike down that illegal action at some later point. To establish such a precedent would be to empower any future President to demand Congress fund any unlawful decree, and then assert that Congress is ‘shutting down the government’ unless this illegal, off-the-books program is funded. Congress must reassert its waning power. We must reestablish the constitutional principle that the people’s representatives control the purse.
Obama is already seeking an emergency stay of Hannen's ruling, which would allow him to continue enacting all of his executive amnesty plan. Unsurprisingly, Rasmussen's latest poll indicates that a plurality of Democrats 43% to 35%, say that President Obama ought to be able to ignore court rulings if he thinks the issue is important enough.
It is vitally important that we make sure Congress knows it should stand up to the President on this issue for all of the reasons Jeff Sessions explained. We need to keep their feet to the fire on this one.