It's not in the Constitution

Published: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 - 5:07 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Jul. 3, 2014 - 3:16 am

Re "Obama vows to act alone, taunts Republicans" (Nation/World, July 1): President Obama on Monday blamed Republican resistance for the demise of sweeping immigration legislation and vowed to bypass Congress to patch up the system. "If Congress will not do their job, at least we can do ours," he said.

Whether or not Congress is doing its job, the Constitution defines what the presidents can do in making, changing or adding to the laws of this country. He can suggest laws to Congress and he can "take care that the laws are faithfully executed. There is no mention of the president having the authority to unilaterally make or change laws. That is strictly the duty of Congress, even if it is a little difficult to get both parties in Congress to get off their collective posteriors and pass the needed legislation.

I am not a Constitutional expert, but I can read and understand the plain and simple language regarding this subject.

-- Don Perera, Rocklin

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