With President Barack Obama announcement of executive action granting work permits and deferred deportations to illegal immigrants on tap, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan believes Obama is “going rogue” and lacks “constitutional authority” to go ahead with his plan.
The longtime political commentator made the comments to Newsmax TV’s J.D. Hayworth on Thursday ahead of the address.
“Well I think the president’s going rogue,” said Buchanan. “We have a rogue president who tonight is going to announce that he is going to do something he said not so long ago, one year ago, he does not have the legal or constitutional authority to do.”
“This is being done for his political base in the Hispanic community,” Buchanan told Hayworth. “I think he looked at the election returns and said, with Republicans strengthened like this, there’s nothing I can get done with Congress so I’m going to do what I can do and what I want to do and to hell with the Constitution.”
“The country realizes that the president here is acting in a usurp-acious manner, that he is seizing power that he does not have. Why is he doing it now? Why didn’t he do it two years ago? If he had this authority why didn’t he do it four years ago?”
“If you get wild celebrations in the community of illegal aliens around the country cheering and laughing at the rest of the country, you completely demoralize the Border Patrol and the sheriffs along that border who have been fighting this good fight for a long, long time and who have tried to do their job,” he continued. “They’re now being told everything you’ve done to protect the border and to maintain us as one nation, one people, is by the boards.”
“I just think we’re in another country now and I can’t express how much I feel this diminishes us as one nation, one people, and one country when you’ve said, in effect, folks who can walk into your house and sit down at the table are entitled to do so and entitled to remain,” the political commentator added. “We cannot deport them and deportation is out of the question.”