It's "very likely" that President Barack Obama will enact de facto amnesty by executive order on Labor Day as predicted by political commentator Pat Buchanan, says Genevieve Wood, senior contributor to The Daily Signal.
"If this thing goes through, this could end up meaning giving amnesty to about 5 million people who are already here in the United States," Wood told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV
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Buchanan wrote an opinion piece in early August on Townhall.com predicting that Obama would grant amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants
by executive order before Labor Day. He made the prediction based on comments by Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez, of Illinois.
"We know the president in the past has gone out on his own, taken administrative action, we would call this administrative amnesty," Wood explained. "He's threatening to do that again."
The senior contributor to The Daily Signal said Obama has "done it with the children in the past, and now he's basically saying anybody who has a child who was born in the United States, who are now American citizens, the parents of those children are the folks that we believe he is thinking of giving work permits to and, basically, amnesty."
Wood says the question is whether such an executive order "is actually legal."
"These are the kinds of things that should be run through Congress," she added. "The president is one of three branches of government, he's not a government unto himself."
Such a move would be unpopular among not only "folks like Pat Buchanan, but also with the American public," she says.
"Independents, conservatives, a lot of Americans don't think this is the right way to go," Wood said.
"There's a reason that many Senate Democrats who are up for election this year don't want the president to make this move before November," she added.
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