Remember in July when President Obama told a Latino rights group that he wished he could “bypass” Congress in order to get things done? Here’s a refresher:
Well if you thought that was just an anomaly, or an off-the-cuff remark, you may want to think again. On Wednesday, Obama repeated the sentiments to another Latino group – the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
"As I mentioned when I was at La Raza a few weeks back, I wish I had a magic wand and could make this all happen on my own," Obama told the group, according to the Washington Examiner. "There are times where -- until Nancy Pelosi is speaker again -- I'd like to work my way around Congress."
But he wasn’t done there, according to the Examiner:
As he continued, Obama conceded that "we've got laws on the books that have to be upheld." But he quickly added there are different ways to uphold the laws on the books. "You know as well as anyone that…how we enforce those laws is also important," Obama said. Last month, the administration made a major, unilateral change in immigration law enforcement when it announced that the government will not initiate deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants unless they have committed serious crimes. To critics, Obama had indeed worked his way around Congress. To the Hispanic Caucus, Obama said his new policy will "prioritize criminals who endanger our communities, not students trying to achieve the American dream."
It brings new meaning to the “Yes you can!” chant after he made the comments the first time.