Obama amnesty Supreme Court case to test limits of presidential power

by Stephen Dinan  |  published on April 18, 2016

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The Constitution was ratified more than two centuries ago, and in all that time no president had ever tested the limits of executive power enough to force the Supreme Court to rule whether he has lived up to the founders’ command that the laws be “faithfully executed.”

Until now.

When the justices convene Monday morning, they will hear what is shaping up to be the biggest case of the term, and perhaps one of the most consequential in a generation, as they consider whether President Obama has overstepped his constitutional powers by trying to grant a tentative deportation amnesty to up to 5 million illegal immigrants.

“In 225 years, the Supreme Court has never had occasion to ask the president whether he has reneged on his oath to take care that the laws are faithfully executed. However, with pens and phones replacing checks and balances, the Supreme Court is now poised to break new constitutional ground in order to preserve our embattled separation of powers,” said Josh Blackman, associate professor at the South Texas College of Law, who has followed the case from the start and filed amicus briefs opposing Mr. Obama’s claim of powers.

  • alfred e newman

    have fun on death row

  • AKLady

    The Constitution explicitly assigns to the president the power to sign or veto legislation, command the armed forces, ask for the written opinion of his Cabinet, convene or adjourn Congress, grant reprieves and pardons, and receive ambassadors.

    Reprieve: cancel or postpone the punishment of someone,

    Pardon: the action of forgiving or being forgiven for an error or offense.

  • HENRI

    I SAY JUST TELL HELL NO ASS HOLE AND IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT GET OUT OF OFFICE I KNOW THAT WOULD BE WHAT I WOULD TELL HIM TO HIS FACE THAT HE IS THE FIRST TREASONIST ANTI AMERICAN PRESIDENT MUSLIM THAT WE HAVE EVER HAD AND THAT SORRY HE WAS A BIG MISTAKE AND NOW MILLIONS OF AMERICANS REGRET PUTTING HIM IN OFFICE IF HAD TO DO ALL OVER AGAIN THINGS WOULD HAVE TURNED OUT DIFFERENT

  • Howie Subnick

    HERE IT IS FOLKS! THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES GETTING READY TO TEAR APART THE SUPREME COURT AND THE CONSTITUTION! GET THIS PRICK OUT OF OFFICE NOW BEFORE WE BECOME A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY! AL, YOU ARE CORRECT IN WHAT YOU SAY! THIS PRESIDENTIAL PRICK HAS TO GO NOW!

    • AKLady

      You are advertising your ignorance for the world to see.

  • Patrick J Dougan Sr

    I makes no difference if he is White, Black, Yellow, Red, Or Green if you break the law or your Constitutional Oath you should be locked up This is why only US born Citizens Were allowed to run If we don’t follow the Laws then things like Obummer and Billery Push ther way through to ripping off the American People and work towards Enslaving us They want to call it Progressive but those that have been around a while know it was called Communism and it Should never fly in AMERICA Come on Better Wake Up Soon

    • Tom

      Don’t let their play on words confuse you. They are Possessives, not Progressives, as they want EVERYTHING we can produce. F them, they will not get mine!

  • robert sanders

    he renigged on everything, even his own kind. hitler dictator.

  • Dick

    Barry, go play golf and leave the decisions to people who know what the hell there doing. Don’t make it hard for the Donald to rescind all your stupid mistakes…..

    • AKLady

      Which law school did you graduate from?

  • alfred e newman

    that is what hillary intend to do as well with even more drastic measures making communist party health care giving doctors and insurance companies unlimited power as well as funding a bigger hunk of the pie to really help her totally destroy the constitution

  • Mark Tercsak

    Dumb Ass’s who voted for this Commie deserve what you get Pork souced.

  • About time. I just hope they look at this case well and don’t make excuses for him if they know the truth sits right in front of them. Half-truths isn’t going to get it…all truth and no lies. I’m so tired of reading about things being done behind closed doors or some one saying, we have to sign it before we know what’s in it…

  • sue lenhart

    I have a suggestion for the judge(s) who have been handed this golden opportunity. Stay faithful to the Constitution in rendering your decision. Find Mr. Obama guilty of breaking his oath and the Constitution, then have him charged for being the treasonous, traitorous lawbreaker that he is, follow through so that he is convicted, then have him booted out of the presidency and into Guantanomo Bay, where he should be sentenced to serve two life sentences without any chance for parole. When he gets to Gitmo, make sure he is in close proximity to the most dangerous jihadist prisoner(s) that are left there, the ones who are least likely to respect him, and let them have at it.

    • danstewart

      Very good idea, however, fat chance of it happening. Since the court is split evenly, or maybe rigged in obummers favor, with Roberts being an unknown factor, probably obummer gets a pass. Only congress can stop him, isn’t going to happen.

      • john roberts, traitor chief justice is always the betrayer. he does not interpret the constitution, he bends it and finds ways for obama to go forward with his illegal actions.,

      • Tom

        WE, the People can put an end to Obama’s treasonous and treacherous life. We can do it. The next time the pos shows in public will be the LAST.

  • 1IndianaSeniorCitizen2

    Probably has never had one who was able to rig the Supreme Court before, either.

    • AKLady

      The Supreme Court must uphold the Constituion.
      The President has execisesd his powers, as granted by the Constitution.

  • alfred e newman

    our communist party leader obama has been violating the constitution since day 1 of his dictatorship illegal aliens are criminals plain and simple they should be treated as such they were criminals where they came from and are criminals here stealing billions of dollars in tax payer money in welfare stealing millions of actual citizens jobs selling drugs committing rape and robbery these are the people our communist party leader obama wants to kiss the penis of and bow to give everything to screw the actual citizen who has to pay for it

    • Devasahayam

      Only since then? I thought he’d been violating it since he was declared as ILL-noise‘s Senator.

    • Betty Lukich

      I totally agree with you Alfred, Obama has been a disaster since Day 1, pitting Black against White, Obama just loves to give these illegals what ever they want, and to hell with the American citizens.

    • Tom

      If you are here illegally I am declearing Open Season on your criminal ass. You may run, but you cannot hide, I will get you.

    • AKLady

      BS: The Constitution grans the President the power of repreieve and pardon.

      Your vulgarity is simply futher evidence of your ignorance.

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