Impeachable? Here Are 18 Immigration Executive Orders Issued by Recent Republican Presidents


Republicans claim that that Pres. Obama’s plan to establish temporary legal status for undocumented immigrants by executive order is illegal.

Read the full report from the American Immigration Council: Executive Grants of Temporary Immigration Relief, 1956-Present

They have issued a series of threats against the president if he signs the order to stand up the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, including blocking the nomination of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, shutting down the government again and/or impeaching him.

According to a detailed report from the American Immigration Council, however, presidents have routinely altered immigration policies by executive order, including 18 such changes by five recent Republican presidents — Eisenhower, Ford, Reagan, Bush I and Bush II. None of these presidents was threatened with political reprisal for signing the orders, of course.

Here is an overview based on the AIC report:


GOP Trots Out the Old ‘Amnesty’ Chestnut in Response to Obama Immigration Threats

This president has been floating the trial balloon on executive amnesty for a long time. Today, new details surfaced that the president plans to attempt amnesty as early as next Friday, sending us into a constitutional crisis.

— Rep. Steve King (R-IA), quoted by The Hill, on President Obama using executive action to make immigration changes.