We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I never learned in school that a president can make his own laws whenever he is frustrated by Congress, but the NYT says it's ok to do that. I can easily imagine what they would say with a Conservative pulling something like that. Anyway, what's the urgency?
You have put your finger on the problem. Obama violated his oath of office and his directives are no longer valid or legal. They cannot be followed by the millions of other people, whether the military, law enforcement, and even lawyers like me, who have taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. It will be interesting to see what happens now. What if the governors of the states declare his action unlawful and not binding on the states?
This stroke of his pen will increase the cost of education, healthcare, housing, Social Security/disability and expand the need for other social services and benefits as few illegals are "shovel ready," just as all those jobs Obama promised. Our country already employs millions simply doling out money to those who have never participated in the legal job market.
Where is our Congress? Wake up! Do your blinking job! Secure the corder! Throw those employing illegals in jail. Deny benefits to anyone who doesn't go through the "on the books" immigration program. Make anchor babies illegal before every pregnant woman in the world makes it to our borders simply to give birth to a "citizen."
The Houston school system is already trying to absorb 3,000 new illegals from this last summer's escapade when they can't meet the education needs of those formerly enrolled. We're raising a generation that can't read, write, do math nor speak English.
We can all wring our hands, but it is the Republican "leadership" who is failing us. Where are all these people at anyway? With the same ol', same ol' bunch being allowed to run things nothing will change. I could care less at this point what happens. We have no one to help anyway. They are all in it for their own gain (including Ryan, Paul et al). Hopeless!
We all need to make our voices heard. Make sure our congressmen and local politicians hear us loud and clear. Demonstrate, write letters and email, call them. This is going to be a disaster if we are unable to stop it and reverse it.