Executive Orders, Immigration, & Republican Rhetoric

The President of the United States in the leader of the Executive branch of our government. Although the Legislative branch authorizes the activities of the agencies and departments, it is the President’s responsibility to give them direction and guidance. This is generally done by Executive Orders. Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution grants to the President the “executive Power.” Section 3 of Article II further directs the President to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

Executive Orders can range from “ceremonial” or “symbolic” (ie the President declares ‘National Take you Child To Work Day’) to those concerned with national security. President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus by an Executive Order. President Truman integrated the arm forces by an Executive Order. President Reagan used an Executive Order to forbid federal funds for advocating abortion, and President Clinton reversed that by another Executive Order.

The republican leadership and their cohorts complain about the frequency President Obama uses Executive Orders. This chart, which shows how many Executive Orders each president issued per day they were in office, shows that President Obama has used Executive Orders at a lower rate than any president since President Cleveland.

Executive Orders_chart The present Executive Orders controversy deals with  immigration, a pathway to citizenship, and amnesty. In July the Senate  passed a bipartisan comprehensive Immigration Bill. The vote was 68-32, with 14 republicans voting in favor of it. The House leadership has denied our representatives to discuss, let alone to vote on, the bill the Senate passed.   The term “Amnesty” has been sneaking into republican immigration sound bites. An earlier New NY 23rd article, “Rep. Reed, Farmers & the Pathway to Citizenship” details the Senate bill. The article  points out the difference between a Obama’s Pathway to Citizenship and republican’s definition of amnesty. President Reagan and (the first) President Bush used Executive Orders to extend amnesty to family members who were not covered in Reagan’s 1986 Immigration Law. It is evident that the republican leadership holds the republican presidents to a much different standard than President Obama.

An example of republican rhetoric that riles up it’s base can be see in Rep. Steve King (R-IA) statement, “The audacity of this president to think he can completely destroy the rule of law with the stroke of a pen is unfathomable to me. It is unconstitutional, it is cynical, and it violates the will of the American people.” (If President Obama’s yet to be finalized Executive Order violates the will of the American people, then someone should tell that to the  Texas Republicans who responded to the following poll, which took place in March, 2014. Immigration-poll-texas-republicansswThe same poll asked, “When you considered immigration reform, how important is it to you that Congress acts on the issue this year?” The results74% of Texas Republicans think that it is Very (47%) or Somewhat Important (27%) for Congress to act on immigration this year, 22% think it is Not Very Important (12%) or Not At All Important (10%). This is not quite the message the republican leaders are spinning. If the republican leaders really thought that their Immigration reform violates the will of the American people, they would voted “NO” on the bill  the Senate’s Bill passed–and voted “No”. Obviously that didn’t happen. Why? While the Republicans play political games, many suffer. That includes farmers in the NY 23rd.


Sites Providing Access to Executive Orders

The White House

Executive Orders Disposition Tables (Federal Register)



New NY 23rd Articles About Executive Orders

Obama’s Executive Orders–What Are They & Why Should We Fear Them?

Executive Orders: What Was Said , What Was Reported

Executive Action

New NY 23rd Articles About Immigration

Immigration Reform: Where The Blame Really Lies

House Republicans–A Danger to Immigration Reform

Immigration Reform (1)

Immigration Reform (2)

Republican Rhetoric

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About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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5 Responses to Executive Orders, Immigration, & Republican Rhetoric

  1. whungerford says:

    An earlier article explained that Republicans really love the SAFE Act and do not want it repealed. The same might be said for Obamacare–Republicans stirred up resentment which they exploited to win control of Congress–they owe President Obama and Nancy Pelosi a vote of gratitude. Likewise with Immigration reform which the GOP desperately needs–if President Obama helps they can castigate him for it even though he has helped them by doing it.


  2. Deb Meeker says:

    It’s great to have documented facts, isn’t it? The Democratic party just has a problem getting them out on Conservative air waves.
    Whether or not President Obama would be helping the Republicans by using executive orders, that should be secondary to moving the issue and millions immigrants forward to whatever degree possible.


  3. BOB McGILL says:



  4. josephurban says:

    Facts are often met with meaningless slogans or one word non-answers. Benghazi!!! IRS !!! That is the key difference between liberals the new conservatives. Facts are ignored by the new conservatives if they don’t fit the approved party line. That is why no matter what the facts are the GOP, taken over by the radicals, are unwilling to solve real problems. It is much easier to follow the Fox Entertainment line than actually think for yourself. Communist !! Kenya !!! Impeach !!


  5. whungerford says:

    From Tom Reed’s recent press release on immigration reform: “I do not support amnesty.”


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