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John Fund: Obama Ignores Own Words, Panders With 'Political Measure'

By    |   Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:12 PM

President Barack Obama's "own words" are "the best possible weapon" against his sweeping executive orders to shield from deportation nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants, according to National Review columnist John Fund.

The American Spectator senior editor told Newsmax TV Thursday night that voters need to be reminded of the numerous incidents in which Obama himself declared he lacked the legal authority to rescind the deportation of undocumented immigrants.

"His own legal advisers and the president in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 said over and over again he does not have the power to do this. He does not have the power to rewrite the basis on which people would be allowed to stay in this country, which is far beyond prosecutorial discretion," Fund said.


"And suddenly in 2014, after five or six years of saying he didn't have the power, he suddenly has the power. How believable is that?"

But Republicans must be cautious in their response, he warned.

"We have to take a deep breath and not take automatically the bait that Barack Obama has put out," he said. "Remember, part of the reason Barack Obama is doing this is he wants Republicans to hyperventilate, he wants Republicans to overreact, he wants Republicans to say ugly things that Hispanic Americans will take offense to…"

Fund charged that the White House has turned a deaf ear to reason — and is only concerned about political expediency.


"I talked to somebody who had a meeting with the top adviser at the White House just last week and they asked them, 'You know the courts are probably going to throw this out, and even if they don't throw it out, the next president, if it's a Republican, can rescind it on Jan. 20, 2017.'

"And the White House adviser's response was, 'We don't care,'" Fund related.

"It is a mistake to view this as a policy measure," he said. "This is a political measure. This is a political measure to try to pander to 5 million people who they potentially think will become new citizens soon and they will supposedly have all kinds of gratitude to Obama for taking them out of the shadows, and it's a political move in that he's trying to get the Republicans to overreact, to distract attention from other issues."

Fund said the bottom line is "we have to oppose Obama."


"Of course we have to pursue this in the court," he said. "But the court timeline is much different than the political timeline. It doesn't yield results or satisfaction as quickly as we would like."

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