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Plouffe: Immigration ruling fully within Obama’s authority; decision not made for political reasons

By Doug Powers  •  June 17, 2012 01:11 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Senior White House adviser David Plouffe is making the rounds on the Sunday shows to spin the administration’s recent decree on ending deportations of younger people who are in the country illegally.

From The Hill (whenever you feel the time is right, click play on the accompanying laugh track):

“This is not a political move. This builds on a lot of steps that we have already taken,” Plouffe said on the CNN program “State of the Union.”

Mitt Romney, in an interview to air on CBS later Sunday, accused the White House of making the decision based on politics. Romney already faces a deficit among Latinos whose votes could be pivotal in battleground states.

But Plouffe said repeatedly that the move wasn’t politically motivated. “Who knows how the politics will turn out. But this decision was the right decision,” Plouffe said.

He also said the policy change was “fully within” Obama’s powers, responding to critics who say the president is making selective decisions about which laws to enforce and making an end-run around Congress.

Where in the world might anybody have gotten the idea that the move is not within Obama’s constitutional authority? Well, Obama for starters.

Wasn’t J-Nap not too long ago out touting a record number of deportations as proof the administration had no plans to pursue a backdoor amnesty? Probably not, because if she had been that would lead people to believe that this sudden reversal is driven by politics — which it isn’t, because Plouffe said so.

Completely unrelated side note: Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers out there. I’ve spent some time with my kids this morning, and now I’m going to go spend some time with my dad. If you’re able I hope you can do the same.

**Written by Doug Powers

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