I assume that you all know by know that President Obama has issued an executive order granting amnesty to young illegal immigrants. It’s a clever move. Marco Rubio had already proposed something similar, so Obama can say that at least some smart Republicans are already on board with the idea. The move will presumably cement Hispanic voters to his side, which could be a very big deal in Florida, where some Jewish voters are looking askance at Obama. Any Republican objections will be touted as Republican racism.
There are some downsides, though. Congress might get testy at having Obama’s challenge to its authority. The question is whether Democrats in Congress will be sufficiently testy to challenge their President in an election year. My guess is that they will not, so the only “nay” voices will come from Republicans — who will then be charged with covert racism that they’re hiding behind a thin procedural screen. Never mind the Constitution, of course. Only racists care about that document anyway.
There are two demographics, though, as to which Obama might have been too smart by half: blacks and unions. As to both, cheap Hispanic labor is a threat. In a time of seemingly intractable unemployment, for Obama to pour new competition into the market, rather than to create new jobs, might be a mistake. I’m sure, though, that the Obama-ites have already examined this problem and concluded that any potential black voter or union hemorrhage is more than offset by increases in Hispanic votes.
I said in the post caption that this is an Open Thread and I meant it. What’s your take?