Obama’s July 4 speech sets immigration above the law
Published: 8:52 AM 07/05/2012
By Neil Munro
President Barack Obama used the White House’s Independence Day celebrations to tout his June 15 amnesty for at least 800,000 illegal immigrants, and to suggest that the sweeping change is more important to the nation than compliance with the law.
“Just as we remain a nation of laws, we have to remain a nation of immigrants,” he told his audience.
Many legislators and lawyers say Obama’s decision to stop enforcing established immigration laws is a violation of federal law, which he is legally obliged to enforce.
The Obama administration has claimed “prosecutorial discretion” as its means for ignoring the law.