Sunday, June 24, 2012
For this layman, recent events seem to contradict past learning. The Dream Act has been discussed but members of Congress have been unable to reach a consensus. It was taught in school that Congress has the constitutional power to create law.
Yet on the front page of the June 15 Walla Walla Union-Bulletin is a story stating the president essentially did what Congress failed to do. His administration will be enforcing parts of the Dream Act - which was never voted into law by Congress.
At the top of page A7 of the June 19 U-B is a story about three undocumented (illegal) immigrants being arrested on gun (three weapons) and drug (methamphetamine crystals) crimes, at least one being a known gang member. According to the story " ... it is uncertain how the trio's immigration status will factor into their arrest following a proclamation by President Barack Obama late last week suspending deportation for illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States when they were young."
And today it was read online that the president invoked executive privilege regarding the release of documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious.
That was the government-sponsored gun running that allowed close to 2,000 guns to "walk" into Mexico. Some later showed up at crime scenes in our southern border states, including at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's death. Apparently the release of those documents would be damning to the president and/or others in his administration.
Is the rule of our country controlled by the Constitution or has it changed to something else? Do disclaimers need to be added to classes in government? Based on recent events, it would seem so.