Re: “Obama and immigrants: Dubious path to the right place” (editorial, 6-19).
Your editorial misses the main constitutional issue in President Obama’s immigration edict. Willfully refusing to enforce clearly constitutional law for political ends is a serious abuse of prosecutorial discretion.
Obama crossed the Rubicon on the road to dictatorial rule with the establishment of a mechanism by which people may formalize their exemption deportation. The president is ruling by edict when he grants illegal aliens work permits or status cards in violation of existing law.
The president often cites Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan yet emulates Hugo Chavez. Our legal system is based on precedents. Should Obama’s action stand, we have lost our republic as surely as the Romans lost theirs the moment Caesar brought his legions to Rome.
I am not anti-immigrant or racist. My mother and grandparents were legal immigrants, as is my proudly Hispanic daughter. I merely believe in the rule of law.