Dems Blast Trump for Side-Stepping Constitution, But Didn’t Mind Obama Exec Orders on Immigration

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President Donald Trump announced he would sign a spending bill to keep the government open and declare a national emergency on the southern border, but top Democrats were swift to call his move “unlawful” and a “great violence to our Constitution” — even though they supported former President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration.

Ahead of the president’s announcement on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wrote a joint statement to denounce his action in declaring an emergency, calling it unconstitutional.

“Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall,” they wrote.

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The pair continued:

“It is yet another demonstration of President Trump’s naked contempt for the rule of law. This is not an emergency, and the president’s fearmongering doesn’t make it one. He couldn’t convince Mexico, the American people or their elected representatives to pay for his ineffective and expensive wall, so now he’s trying an end-run around Congress in a desperate attempt to put taxpayers on the hook for it. The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities.”

“The President’s actions clearly violate the Congress’s exclusive power of the purse, which our Founders enshrined in the Constitution,” Pelosi and Schumer said. “The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities in the Congress, in the Courts, and in the public, using every remedy available.”

Along with Pelosi and Schumer taking efforts to block the national emergency, Democrats Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) are joining together to try to obstruct the president’s plans.

Pelosi wasn’t always against presidents’ executive orders, however.

After Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions in 2014, Pelosi praised his “bold action to bring our broken immigration system into line with our values as a people and our needs as a nation,” noting the order would “secure our borders, prioritize enforcement, and provide relief to millions of hard-working, law-abiding families.”

Despite her criticism toward President Trump, the House speaker said Obama’s orders “fall well within the clear constitutional and legal authority of his office,” which are “well-established precedent set by every president since Eisenhower,” including “even Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.”

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“Democrats will continue to demand action on bipartisan immigration legislation that will provide lasting certainty to immigrant families, and secure the billions of dollars in economic benefits Republicans’ inaction has denied our country,” she concluded.

At the time, Pelosi said the president has the legal authority to act on immigration.

During a 2014 press conference, she claimed it was ridiculous if presidents were told not to use their “executive authority.”

Suppose he turned to us and said, ‘don’t use your legislative authority,'” she said at the time. “That’s what presidents do, they have executive authority.”

Pelosi’s comments during the Obama administration seem to contrast her remarks toward President Trump using his authority to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump is even citing an Obama executive order as precedent.

What’s more is President Trump cited previous national emergency executive orders as precedent during his press conference, including one by his predecessor.

In 2011, then-president Barack Obama issued an order “blocking property of transnational criminal organizations,” as Law & Crime first noted.

In doing so, he invoked the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. 1701, and the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1601. The second part is what President Trump intends to cite — an order which targetted Mexican Los Zetas cartel, who is an ally to the MS-13 gang.

“We have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people, and it’s unacceptable,” President Trump said on Friday.

The president signed the spending bill, “Consolidated Appropriations Act,” in an effort to avoid another shutdown and declared “a national emergency exists at the southern border of the United States,” according to the presidential proclamation.

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Me. Pelosi and Mr. Schemer are seriously concerned that a wall will impede their steady supply of hallucinogens, house keepers, and gardeners from coming over the border! Those dishes don’t wash themselves, nor does that grass mow itself!

Without their hallucinogens, how on Earth
will they relate to their constituents?

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