Does President Obama have one last trick up his sleeve before he heads off the retirement on January 20, 2017?
Obama is facing a growing call to issue an executive pardon for all illegal aliens.
“This is not a political issue; but rather a moral imperative. It’s time for President Obama to use his constitutional powers to protect vulnerable individuals and families and pardon communities from an administration intent on doing harm to those whom the bible calls, ‘the least of these,'” said Bishop Dwayne Royster, political director for PICO National Network.
Obama’s ability to grant a blanket pardon for millions of illegal aliens is well within Constitutional authority Article 2 Section 2 Clause 1:
The President…shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
This nearly unlimited power is checked only by the political process.
The power to pardon is one of the least limited powers granted to the President in the Constitution. The only limits mentioned in the Constitution are that pardons are limited to offenses against the United States (i.e., not civil or state cases), and that they cannot affect an impeachment process.
Used in this way, Obama’s Presidential pardon would have severe knock on effects
A pardon, instead, would set the stage for mass citizenship, a situation that Trump and is attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, would likely fight.