In one of the more distasteful displays of dirty politics we’ve seen from the Obama administration (and that covers a lot of ground), Press Secretary Josh Earnest this week used the murder of two NYPD officers to bolster White House arguments for executive amnesty.
“There was a lot of coverage, the very end of last year, and the beginning of this year — particularly from Republicans who were talking about how important it was for political leaders to stand up for law enforcement — particularly in the aftermath of the terribly tragic shooting of those two police officers in New York City,” Earnest told reporters. “I’m not sure what you could do to more undermine the relationship between political leaders and law enforcement than to threaten to withhold their paychecks even while they are doing their job.”
Earnest is alluding to the Republican push to add amendments to the Department of Homeland Security allotment bill to prevent funding Obama’s amnesty declaration. The argument that the GOP is putting national security in danger by adding the amendments is a predictable one, but Earnest’s use of the two dead NYPD officers represents a new low. When conservatives insisted that the liberal protests against police were responsible for the two men’s deaths – a far more reasonable leap – they all cried foul. This was the deed of one, mentally deranged individual. You can’t conflate the two! But when it comes to using the memory of those officers to defend Obama’s executive action on immigration, sure. That’s logical.
Earnest went further, calling Republican action regarding the bill a “political stunt.” He claimed that “it is now time for them to put their games aside, so the men and women of this agency can focus on their important mission, which is keeping the country safe.”
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What he fails to realize is that efforts to defund Obama’s unilateral order are in tune with that very mission. The two NYPD officers killed in December got all the headlines, but two police officers were killed in California last October as well. Their killer? An illegal alien named Luis Monroy-Bracamonte. If the Obama administration cared about protecting the country’s police officers, they wouldn’t be hell bent on throwing open the red carpet for those breaking the law.
Furthermore, what could be more important to national security than preventing the president of the United States from exceeding his constitutional authority? This push against Obama’s executive action is about more than a few million illegal immigrants. It’s about maintaining the law of the land. It’s about preventing a future where the president has absolute rule over the land. If you think it’s dangerous to play “games” with the DHS, it’s far more dangerous to play them with the executive branch of the U.S. government.
Earnest should apologize for dishonoring the memory of those officers with his own “political stunt,” and Republicans should do everything in their power to make sure Obama’s executive amnesty is erased from history.