In the run-up to President Obama's announcement of his executive actions on immigration reform, there were accusations, mostly from the right, that Obama was abusing the powers of his office. But according to the White House's legal rationale for the policies, which were released last night, the administration is only doing what Congress has told it to do.
The key points are pithily captured in this paragraph by Walter Dellinger, former head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, in Slate:
Those priorities would include not deporting certain immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens and whose records are clean. Under this interpretation, to even say that Obama has acted "unilaterally," as so many have, would be incorrect. Read the rest of Dellinger's case at Slate.
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