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Full Video of President Obama’s Speech on Reforming Immigration Laws

President Obama delivered a 15-minute speech in which he unveiled his immigration plan Thursday evening.

“Today our immigration is broken, and everyone knows it,” Obama said.

Washington Post: President Obama’s Executive Order Is ‘Convenient Reinterpretation of Tradition’

By Michael Gerson 
Opinion Writer for Washington Post

There are any number of marvelous things one might do as president, if Congress were not such a checked and balanced mess. But future presidents now have a new method at their disposal: Declare a long-running debate to be a national emergency. Challenge Congress, under threat of unilateral executive action, to legislate on the topic before your term runs out. And when lawmakers refuse, act with the most expansive definition of presidential power.

The supporting arguments for this approach come down to the claim that the American political system is broken — incapable of action on urgent matters because of obstructionism, bad faith and the abuse of legislative procedure. It is the political philosophy of “something must be done.”

The arguments against this approach often come down to institutionalism. Major policy shifts, in this view, deserve legislative hearings and an open amendment process. The White House should make its views known and issue veto threats. There should be a negotiation between the House and Senate to reconcile a bill. There should be a presidential signature, or a veto and an override debate. The machinery is admittedly creaky, but it manufactures democratic legitimacy.

President Obama has ably and sequentially defended both these positions. A year ago, during another immigration speech, a heckler insisted, “You have a power to stop deportations.” Obama replied: “Actually, I don’t, and that’s why we’re here. . . . What you need to know, when I’m speaking as president of the United States and I come to this community, is that if, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so. But we’re also a nation of laws. That’s part of our tradition. And so the easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws. And what I’m proposing is the harder path, which is to use our democratic processes to achieve the same goal that you want to achieve.”

Obama has now officially abandoned the harder path — not because the issues surrounding immigration will never be resolved (a case no one has adequately made) but because he wants to be the president to resolve them. Since our democratic process has proved disappointing during his time in office, we get a convenient reinterpretation of tradition — using a history of reasonable discretion in tying up the loose ends of a law to justify a major policy shift in the absence of law. This is motivated reasoning on steroids — and future presidents of both parties will likely find it appealing, on a variety of issues.

By crossing this particular Rubicon, Obama has given up on politics, which is, from one perspective, understandable. He doesn’t do it well. He has always viewed the political process as sullied, compared with the reasonableness of his policy insights. In the aftermath of his party’s midterm defeat, he diagnosed a problem of salesmanship. “It’s not enough just to build a better mousetrap,” he said. “People don’t automatically come beating to your door. We’ve got to sell it.”

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Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Killed, Another Injured in 2-Car Crash in Texas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty Border Patrol agent was killed and another injured in a two-car accident Thursday morning near Laredo, Texas.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that the agents were driving near the Cotulla station at 1:40 a.m. when a car traveling the wrong way crashed into them.

The collision killed a six-year veteran of the agency. Another agent was taken to the hospital by helicopter, and his condition was unknown at the time.

Border Patrol didn’t release the identities of the agents.

Border Patrol Accused in Lawsuit of Racially Targeting Latinos in Northern Ohio

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A group of law school students in Ohio teamed up with a nonprofit law firm to filed a federal lawsuit against Border Patrol, alleging agents are targeting Latinos in the northern part of the state, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

The suit is seeking arrest records and polices following actions by agents in the Border Patrol office in northern Ohio.

“We have reason to believe that Border Patrol agents in Sandusky Bay are engaging in racial profiling to target individuals who appear Hispanic, for unlawful enforcement activities,” said Jason Luebbers, a third-year law student at OSU.

The suit was filed by Ohio State University’s law school and a nonprofit law firm, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality in Toledo.

The law firm sought the records on Aug. 18 but have yet to receive a response.

CBP officials couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

California Man Accused of Running Over Border Patrol Agent Is Indicted

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A California man accused of trying to run over a Border Patrol agent during a high-speed chase has been charge with forcible assault with a Ford Mustang, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ivan Nieves, 20, was indicted in the attack after he led Border Patrol agents on a chase in Imperial County, the FBI said Monday.

The incident happened after Nieves drove away from a checkpoint.

After dodging law enforcement during a pursuit, Nieves is accused of striking a Border Patrol agent with his car after the agent was removing a spike strip on the road to stop the fleeing car.

Nieves, who was captured shortly after, faces up to 20 years in prison.

Border Patrol Agent Arrested After Allegedly Beating Man with Helmet Over Cowboys Game

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is in hot water after he was accused of beating another man in the parking lot of a bar with a motorcycle helmet because of an argument over a Dallas Cowboys game, Valley Central reports.

Hector David Arredondo, 42, was arrested on an aggravated assault charge on Nov. 2.

A patrol officer spotted the fight.

The agent has been released from jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

It’s unclear whether the agent has been suspended pending results of the investigation.

Border Patrol Agents Smash Window of American Trucker, Pulls Him Out for Not Answering Questions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An American trucker who refused to answer questions from the Border Patrol was yanked out of his truck by agents after they smashed his window as a camera rolled, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The truck driver was arrested at a checkpoint near Falfurrias in Texas, about 60 miles north of the border.

When asked whether he was an America citizen, the trucker said he would “rather not” answer.

Despite warnings of being removed from the truck, the driver refused to answer questions.

“You don’t have probable cause. I don’t have to answer the questions,” the truck driver said. “If I am breaking the law, then arrest me. I am not getting out of the truck, I do not consent.”

An agent accuses the driver of refusing to cooperate with an immigration inspection and then smashes the window before pulling the driver out.

No charges have yet been filed against the driver in federal court.

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Mother of Teen Shot by Border Patrol Wants Name of Agent to Be Made Public

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Should the name of a Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a Mexican teen be released to the public?

A federal judge is expected to hear arguments Thursday from the family of the teen who wants the agent to be identified, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

The mother of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez filed suit against the agent over the summer, alleging violations of the fourth and fifth amendments.

The Government said it would identify the agent but only if the name remained sealed until a court decision was made on whether to name him.

Both sides are expected to make arguments Thursday.

“It’s yet another version of the same old story,” said James Lyall, an attorney with the Arizona Civil Liberties Union of Arizona based in Tucson.

“An agency that tries to resist transparency and accountability even in a situation where the courts and public expects this kind of information to be made public,” he said.