The constitutional issues involving the President's executive orders on amnesty far transcend the issue of illegal immigration. The President's action strikes at the very heart of our separation of powers. The Constitution reserves to Congress alone the power to enact and alter law, and charges the President with the responsibility to faithfully execute those laws.
This question transcends the issue of illegal immigration. The President's act has crossed a very bright line that separates the American Republic - that prides itself on being a nation of laws and not of men - from those unhappy regimes whose rulers boast that the law is in their mouths.
The genius of our Constitution can be found in the separation of powers that has preserved our freedom for 225 years. The American Founders recognized that what had gone so terribly wrong in Europe was that the same organ of government that made the law also enforced that law and adjudicated it.
California's regulatory drought was causing enormous economic damage and human hardship long before the historic natural drought that has now stricken the state; and through all of those years the House has passed legislation, repeatedly, to address it. Finally, after years of inaction, the Senate produced a modest measure to provide very limited flexibility for water managers to deal with it. This bill largely reflects those provisions.
The foreign threats to our nation's strength and security abound, but they at least have the advantage of being clearly defined - indeed, they declare themselves at every opportunity. We should also recognize that we face domestic threats of our own making that are not as dramatic - but are potentially far more dangerous.