All of a sudden, Ed Schultz is concerned about the rule of law and separation of powers.
Hardly one to buck the Democratic party line, the MSNBC host passionately came to the defense of American workers and urged the White House not to use executive actions to grant legal status and work authorization to millions of immigrants in the country illegally. He warned that it would be an “electoral death nail” for Democrats in the upcoming midterms.
“Hold the phone — this would be a mistake if the president were to do this,” he said on Tuesday. “Politically, there is no way Democrats can go home and campaign on across-the-board amnesty for millions of undocumented workers — I don’t think that’s a political winner for the Democrats.”
The sweeping executive order would also make it harder for American workers to compete in the economy (it is worth noting that the union-friendly Schultz has received more than a quarter of a million dollars from unions in the past two years). He pointed to other countries’ approach to immigration and warned about the pitfalls facing the White House if it chooses to go the route of executive orders.
“The Brits don’t just hand out work permits; the Germans don’t do it; I can tell you the Canadians don’t do it; the Japanese don’t do it,” he said. “Tell me: Who around this globe just hands out work permits to people to try to solve a problem of immigration? They don’t do that.”
Additionally, Schultz raised concerns about the executive branch holding too much power, regardless of whether a Republican or Democrat is in office. “I don’t think one man should have that much power,” he said.
“I don’t think the president can solve every problem with an executive order,” Schultz added.