QUAYLE: Obama's imperial presidency - Washington Times
Consider when Mr. Obama announced that the federal government would cease enforcing important policies against illegal immigration. S.B. 1070, Arizona’s immigration law, sought nothing more than to compensate for the Obama administration’s long-standing failure to comply with pre-existing federal immigration law. He sued Arizona to stop the state from enforcing federal immigration policy and lost an important part of that suit by unanimous judgment of the Supreme Court. Then, the day of the ruling, Mr. Obama announced that the federal government would cease to cooperate in the 287(g) Task Force, a pragmatic state-federal partnership designed to assist local law enforcement in dealing with apprehended illegal immigrants. Not only does this approach encourage further illegal immigration, it is an attack on our system of laws and the separation of powers that lies at the heart of our Constitution. The moment national security is ignored in pursuit of partisan executive ambition, you know America has entered the era of the imperial president.