Barack Obama, acting more like a king than a president, issued a threat to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers if they disobey his orders to not deport illegal aliens he is protecting with ‘executive action’ memos that are being blocked by an emergency court order, saying:
“…the bottom line is, is that if somebody is working for ICE and there is a policy and they don’t follow the policy, there are going to be consequences to it.”
Obama is turning the rule of law upside down. Who does he see as criminals in this picture?
At the same time Obama was threatening ICE agents for following the law and not his dictates, Obama claimed he himself would follow the law—adding a ‘but’ clause to his presidential oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
“…we’re going to continue to pursue all legal avenues to make sure that we have a country in which we are respecting not only the law, because we’re a nation of laws, but we’re also respecting the fact that we’re a nation of immigrants.”
Obama’s position is that illegal aliens who broke laws to enter the country, broke laws to live in the country and broke laws to work in the country should remain in this country because they have been “doing the right thing” in Obama’s view.
“We know that we should be deploying our resources and focusing it more on dealing with felons and national security issues with respect to our borders, and not focusing on the mom who’s working someplace, looking after her kids and doing the right thing.”
Obama made the threat to ICE agents at a town hall meeting held on Wednesday in Miami with an audience of select illegal aliens and family members sponsored and broadcast by the Spanish language network Telemundo and MSNBC. Obama compared ICE to the military where soldiers have to follow orders. Obama failed to note that soldiers have a duty to disobey orders they know to be unlawful.
“MR. DIAZ-BALART: But what are the consequences? Because how do you ensure that ICE agents or Border Patrol won’t be deporting people like this? I mean, what are the consequences?
“THE PRESIDENT: José, look, the bottom line is, is that if somebody is working for ICE and there is a policy and they don’t follow the policy, there are going to be consequences to it. So I can’t speak to a specific problem. What I can talk about is what’s true in the government, generally.
“In the U.S. military, when you get an order, you’re expected to follow it. It doesn’t mean that everybody follows the order. If they don’t, they’ve got a problem. And the same is going to be true with respect to the policies that we’re putting forward.”
Obama was interviewed by Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart and took questions from the audience.
A transcript of Obama’s remarks at the town hall was published by the White House.