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Impeachable Obama: Freelancing the law

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President Obama is determined to render the Constitution a dead letter and rule by executive fiat. Think of how he repeatedly, and illegally, has changed the law underpinning ObamaCare in response to unflattering prevailing winds.

But now, his proclivity for constitutional insolence has reached a new and dangerous low that threatens national security: His administration is dictating changes to a law that will make immigration possible for those who provided “limited material support” to terrorists.

Exemptions to the Immigration and Nationality Act, published in the Federal Register by the departments of Homeland Security and State, supposedly apply only if refugees and those seeking asylum are found to pose no threat to the United States. But that determination can be based solely on an applicant's word, says Jessica Vaughan, a former State Department official who now serves as policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies.

The administration is “disregarding yet another law written by Congress” and is “replacing it with (its) own guidelines,” she tells The Daily Caller. The freelanced rules “are sure to be exploited by those seeking to game our generous refugee admissions program,” she warns. Or worse. Ms. Vaughan reminds that the Tsarnaev brothers of Boston Marathon bombing fame “were originally admitted for political asylum.”

Whether it's the Immigration and Nationality Act or ObamaCare, no president has the authority to arbitrarily change laws passed by Congress. That Barack Obama continually does is contemptible — if not impeachable.

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