Faced with falling support among blacks, Jews, women and every other group of supporters President Obama is making a play to boost his popularity among Latinos by doing an end run around Congress again.
Unable to pass the Dream Act for the past two years, Obama has ordered his Department of Homeland Security to halt deportations of 800,000 young illegal immigrants who overstayed their visas or snuck into the country when they were 16 or younger.
In the next 60 days, Homeland harridan Janet Napolitano announced, DHS will begin handing out two-year renewable work permits to illegal youths who haven't been convicted of a serious crime, have graduated high school or have joined the military.
According to Napolitano, "It is not immunity, it is not amnesty. It is an exercise of discretion so that these young people are not in the removal system."
It's just a coincidence, we are led to believe, that this "exercise of discretion" performs bureaucratically what couldn't pass legally just in time for a presidential election. The coincidence deepens with the realization that the Department of Justice has blocked states from removing unqualified voters from their rolls, also in time for the election.
In an afternoon speech, Obama "discussed" the move, which he pinned solely on Napolitano as if he had nothing to do with it. He washed his hands of the decision and denied it was a form of amnesty.
Rush Limbaugh this morning dubbed the new program "Catch-Release-Vote." He's absolutely right. If a voter registration card doesn't come stapled to the DHS work permits, it's a sure bet that this crooked administration will have representatives of the SEIU, OWS or some other henchmen standing outside the DHS offices with forms in hand.
Previously, Obama himself had admitted to a young illegal that he couldn't use an executive order to pass the failed Dream Act into law: "There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply, through executive order, ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President," Obama said in March 2011.
But in an election year, what the heck.
GOP politicians were quick to condemn the move. "President Obama and his administration once again have put partisan politics and illegal immigrants ahead of the rule of law and the American people," Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement.
Democrats naturally were ecstatic over the move. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a break from selecting his city's lunch menu to say, "Ending deportations of innocent young people who have the potential to drive tomorrow's economy is long overdue, as are many common-sense reforms needed to center our immigration policy around our economic needs."
The media this morning were jumping on board, dubbing the objects of Napolitano's fait accompli "Dreamers" after the Dream Act.
Personally, I think it's Obama and the Democrats who are dreamers here. Voters were already getting fed up with Obama's incompetence and corruption. This latest illegal action is simply going to add to the fire.
Latinos who are citizens or legal immigrants aren't as easily manipulated as the White House and media believe, and most of them don't appreciate moochers who think they can skate past the laws that they themselves had to conform to. This move will whip up support for Obama among people who are not voters, and the president is hoping that will translate to the illegals' family members who are legally registered -- a questionable proposition.
The real danger will be the advancement of opportunities for voter fraud. By setting up a situation where states cannot verify voters' identities, remove fraudulent voters from rolls or in any way protect the voting process, the administration is setting the stage for an election steal.
Add all that to the behind-the-scenes moves by people like George Soros and his vast network of front organizations to get involved in the vote counting process and you've got a recipe for fraud on a vast scale.
There's another aspect to this that deserves consideration. Obama has the Occupy movement in his pocket, alongside the New Black Panthers, the SEIU and any number of unnamed socialist and communist groups just waiting in the wings for their opportunity to come out swinging. The more fires Obama lights with his illegal actions, the more voter frustration will grow. At some point, it will take only one hothead or one well-placed liberal plant with a molotov cocktail or a gun to light the fuse on a powder keg.
If that were to happen, Obama has put in place several executive orders that would allow him to declare martial law and dispatch the military and federal agents to enforce it. While the media have been looking the other way, the DHS has been stocking up on 450 million hollow point rounds, other ammunition and arms, a move they've refused to clearly explain.
Even if the worst doesn't come to pass, there's no way this latest move will stop at 800,000 youths or even be confined to one age bracket. Obama today, through his lackeys at DHS, has violated the law and enacted de facto amnesty, something the citizens of this country have opposed for decades.