President Obama has issued an executive order protecting some 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation.
On what authority, you may ask? He is invoking the principle of “prosecutor discretion,” under which a law enforcement officer may choose, for example, which speeders to chase down. So here the Executive Branch, charged with carrying out the laws passed by the Legislative Branch, is just choosing not to enforce the law against illegal immigrants unless they have committed other crimes. (But in forbidding immigration officials from enforcing the law, isn’t he taking away their “prosecutor discretion”?)
Read this from a liberal who is all in favor of immigration reform, but who worries about President Obama’s constitutionally questionable action. So what happens, she asks, when we have a Republican president? Will he be able to use “prosecutor discretion” to refrain from punishing people who refuse to buy health insurance under Obamacare? Or to refrain from punishing violators of environmental laws?