And then he said, “The issue with immigration reform has not changed. The president continues to ignore laws that he signed into law, violating his oath of office.” And that’s going to continue because nobody’s going to stop it. Oh! Let me run an idea by you. I was reading the Power Line guy, Steven Hayward. He has put forth what he thinks is a very real possibility.
After the 2014 elections this November, Barack Obama will issue a blanket pardon for every one — every single — illegal immigrant in the country, using the pardon power he has in the Constitution. Hayward points out there are no limits on it, that he could do this. And Hayward says, in his prediction, that one of the reasons Obama would do it — not the only, one of the reasons — would be to goad the Republicans into finally getting serious about trying to impeach him and actually do it.
Because the Democrat theory is that if they can goad the Republicans into doing that, then they will lose forever the race for the White House, and especially in 2016. The thinking is if the Republicans move to impeach the first African-American president, that this country will react in outrage. They already are predisposed to thinking the Republicans are extremists, and that will prove it, trying to impeach the first black president.
That will unite the Democrat base, and there is no way the Republicans can win. It’s a protection. It’s just a prediction. Hayward’s not saying it’s in the cards. But he does say he thinks that every reporter talking to any Democrat from now until November needs to ask that question: “If the president issues a blanket pardon as a means of securing amnesty for all of these illegals, would you support it?” He thinks every Democrat needs to be put on record answering that question.
Here’s the big difference.
The impeachment of Bill Clinton involved his perjury and obstruction of justice. The media were able to spin the matter into an obsession with sex and an extramarital affair. That made the impeachment proceedings politically unpopular.
If Obama tries this trick, and the Republicans impeach him, it will focus the national attention on the immigration issue. Impeaching Obama over this stunt would be significantly if not far more popular in the polls than impeaching Clinton over (insert your interpretation here) ever was.
Another problem with this theory is that if Obama does this, all it does is legally forgive illegal aliens for having been illegal aliens up until the moment of the pardon, but the pardon by itself would not make them legal in any way. Let’s say the day after election day this year, Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Obama issues a mass blanket pardon of current illegal aliens effective at noon Eastern time. That wipes away the legal problems that illegal aliens had by being illegal aliens from the moment they either snuck into the country or let their legal immigrant visa expire without leaving up until noon on 11/5/2014. But starting at 12:01 PM on 11/5/2014 and continuously after then, they would be illegal aliens and continue being illegal aliens.
There’s yet another problem with this idea, this problem is legal. I don’t think it’s legally possible to parole someone for a status. Being an illegal alien is a status by law, not an offense of the law or at law. Being a minor or underage means that you’re not allowed to do certain things legally. Is it possible for the President or a governor to pardon a minor from being a minor thereby not making him/her a minor anymore? No, because “minor” and “underage” is a status, a legal definition, NOT a crime, and the only way that one does not fit that status anymore is reaching a certain birthday. Pardons can only apply to specific and already adjudicated conviction for specific violations of laws. The Governor could pardon someone under 21 who was convicted of underage-in-possession of alcohol, but that only means that that particular conviction is wiped off his or her rap sheet, it does not mean the individual in question, still under 21, can legally start buying beer.