In the final days of his presidential campaign in 2008, Barack Obama spoke of "fundamentally transforming the United States of America." Author and political columnist Pat Buchanan believes granting "defacto amnesty" to millions of illegal immigrants is the way he will do it.
"I think he's exactly the guy to do it because he wants to transform America, and how better to transform America than basically to put 8 million people here illegally on a path to citizenship when 80 percent, 90 percent of them tend to vote Democratic?" Buchanan said July 30 in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News.
"He can probably do this and get away with it," he said, predicting Obama would defer legal action against "5 million to 8 million folks" and "give them work permits, permission to stay, de facto amnesty to get in the country. What does it do for Barack Obama? It energizes the Hispanic base and the La Raza militants. It changes the subject in the elections of 2014 from foreign policy failures and domestic policy failures to the issue [to] which a lot of Republicans will immediately raise 'let's impeach the guy for doing this.' That will split the Republican Party, Sean, and the Chamber of Commerce and some of these moderate Republicans will be delighted the issue is behind them."
Buchanan expanded on that theme in a column he published August 1, noting that "there is a precedent" for the kind of executive action he believes the President will take. "Obama has already issued one executive order deferring the deportation of 'dreamers,' children brought into the United States illegally by their parents before 2007." And while Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has called for legislation to specifically bar the president from further executive actions along those lines, "this divided Congress is not going to pass any such law," Buchanan wrote. "Nor would Obama sign it."
But Obama will sign an "executive amnesty" for millions of illegal immigrants, Buchanan believes, even if it would "polarize the country, imperil red-state Democrats and cause even allies to conclude he had become a rogue president who adheres to the Constitution and rule of law only so far as they comport with his agenda." Obama wants to be ranked among the nation's "transformational presidents like Lincoln, FDR and Reagan," Buchanan wrote.
"And what better way to transform America than to ensure her evolution from a Western and predominantly Christian country into that multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic, borderless land Teddy Roosevelt inveighed against as nothing but a 'polyglot boarding house for the world'?"
A grant of amnesty by an Obama executive order "would instantly become the blazing issue of 2014, replacing his foreign policy fecklessness, diffident leadership, and IRS, VA, Benghazi and Obamacare foul-ups and scandals," Buchanan wrote. Republican calls for impeachment of the president "would unite his party and bring the money rolling in." Indeed, that has already been happening, with Democrats predicting an impeachment effort by House Republicans and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sending out a "RED ALERT" fundraising message, announcing they are "scrambling to defend the President in every way we can at this critical moment."
Buchanan, who ran for president three times in the years 1992 to 2000, has been warning for more than two decades that both liberal immigration laws and the lax enforcement of them will lead to an end of the United States as we have known it. "Socially, culturally, morally, America has taken on the aspect of a decadent society and a declining nation," he wrote in his 2011 book, Suicide of a Superpower.
"How many more tens of millions of poor and uneducated people can we absorb before we exceed the carrying capacity of the republic?" he asked in his August 1 column, noting that 50 million immigrants, legal and illegal, have arrived since 1965. "How much more diversity can we handle before there is no unity left?"
Another grant of amnesty would send the word out "to the world that if you can get into America, by whatever means necessary, and lay low for a while, there is a near certainty you will be able to stay," Buchanan warned. "If all are entitled to come, they will come. And they will remake the West and America in their own image, Obama's image, the image of that Tower of Babel, the United Nations General Assembly."
"Americans should let Obama know what they think of his amnesty now, before he imposes it upon us," Buchanan wrote.
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