It doesn’t matter that Obama flip-flopped on legality of executive action on immigration

Republicans who think President Obama’s executive action on immigration is illegal or unconstitutional delight in noting that the president said so himself  just  a few years ago. Yes, he did. But he was wrong. Dara Lind EXPLAINS: Where the GOP runs into trouble is that they’re not just using Obama’s past statements to show that the president flip-flopped. They’re trying to use them as proof that the new executive actions are officially unconstitutional, or at least illegal. This is a weirdly circular argument. The GOP...

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Public reaction to Obama’s immigration initiative is nothing like Republicans predicted

In the days before and just after President Obama announced executive action on immigration reform, more than a few Republican lawmakers warned that Americans generally would react with great anger. One senator even expressed concern that civil unrest would ensue. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said the midterm elections had represented a huge outcry against anything less than a hard-line stand on illegal immigration. Well, here we are a few weeks later, and virtually all of these portents of hell-to-pay have been shown to be just hot air. Of course,...

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Did your ancestors from abroad go through any formal immigration process?

Almost everybody in America had ancestors who came from some other country. But if yours came  here much more than a century ago, they didn’t likely endure any official immigration rigamorole. They just arrived on ships or some other mode of transportation and found some place to call home. But it’s not unusual these days for Americans to claim, often with an unwarranted air of certainty, that their ancestors “came here legally.”  In truth, their ancestors’ arrival might well have been neither legal nor illegal....

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It’s absurd to argue that Obama’s immigration plan is lawless

If the bogus right-wing claims made against President Obama’s immigration-reform initiative came in the form of snowplows, the streets of Buffalo could be cleared by nightfall. Most of the complaints come from ordinary folks who are completely unaware of certain facts regarding Obama’s record concerning illegal immigrants. They don’t know, for example, that deportations of illegals have increased under Obama, as have expenditures on border security. They also don’t know the number of people trying to cross our border...

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Theory: Obama leaked a scoop to Fox News just to mess with John Boehner’s mind

Everyone loves a story about how someone they don’t like is cleverly outmaneuvered by someone they do like. THIS is just such a story, but it’s too complicated to excerpt here. Read the whole...

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