Aliens Trump American Workers as Impatient Obama Threatens to Use Exec. Order

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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November 19, 2014

A disgruntled President Obama is running out of patience and “can’t wait in perpetuity” for Congress to pass immigration reform. Accordingly, as has been widely reported, he’ll soon issue his executive order that will suspend deportation for about five million legally deportable aliens. As part of their early Christmas gift, the fortunate five million will get work permits, government-issued photo IDs and social security numbers.

For Americans, the killer in Obama’s proposed amnesty is work authorization. During the years that Obama’s patience has worn thin, an endless string of economic reports prove that job conditions on the ground have grown steadily worse.

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A recent analysis of the October Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report found that slightly more than 92 million Americans over age 16, about 37 percent of the nation’s total population, are neither working nor looking for work. The 92 million include laid off workers who are too discouraged by the weak employment market to continue their job search. Add five million more workers into the mix, as Obama is poised to do, and the numbers detached from the labor force will increase. Looser labor markets also contribute to depressed wages which have been stagnant for 40 years.

Obama knows his proposed amnesty is wrong. On July 25, 2011, Obama told the National Council of La Raza, “Some want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own…But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.” Obama repeated the same message various times since 2011.

Many Americans wonder what motivates a defiant Obama to behave so recklessly when the stakes for struggling Americans are so high. Obama’s supporters insist that the president thinks removing aliens from the already scant possibility of deportation is the right thing to do. Maybe they’re right. But Washington Post columnist Chris Cillizza calls it “purposeful provocation.”

Obama is more motivated by being in the spotlight than concerned about the fallout from legalizing five million unlawful immigrants. If Obama weren’t blustering about amnesty, the media would be focused on his mid-term rejection. Instead, it’s nonstop “What will Obama do?”

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