Some amazing language from the president, as reported by Elise Foley at the Huffington Post:
Advocates were incensed and disappointed on Tuesday when Obama told Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart he would not expand a program to allow some undocumented immigrants to stay, currently offered only to young people who came to the U.S. as children.
“If we start broadening that, then essentially, I would be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally,” Obama said, according to a transcript provided by the network. “So that’s not an option.”
Note the words. Not, “well, that would be flagrantly illegal and therefore unacceptable.” Not, “my current position is legal but that wouldn’t be.” Instead, the president is arguing that if he behaves any more unlawfully, he will be “ignoring the law” in such a brazen manner that it will become ”very difficult to defend.”