Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer didn't mince words during an appearance on "The Kelly File" Thursday night, charging that President Barack Obama will be committing a "gross violation of the Constitution" if he chooses to expand amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.
At the heart of Krauthammer's claim are reports that Obama plans to defer deportations for millions more illegal immigrants by the end of the summer — an act that host Megyn Kelly warned could spark "a very ugly political crisis."
Krauthammer told Kelly that he suspects that the White House will take such action come September, though Obama has publicly stated in the past that he does not have the power to simply "suspend deportations through executive order."
President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the urgent humanitarian situation following his meeting with local elected officials and faith leaders on July 9, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
"So were he to do now in September what he has long and repeatedly said he is constitutionally prohibited from doing, that would be a grave and irrefutable violation of his duties as president," Krauthammer said. "The Constitution could not be more clear ... he's not allowed to make the laws, he's not allowed to change the laws, he's not allowed to unilaterally suspend the laws.."
He added, "This will be a gross violation of the constitution."
Watch Krauthammer and Kelly discuss this issues below:As Kelly noted, Obama spoke at a Universion Town Hall event in 2011, claiming that he cannot, as president, simply "suspend deportations," with those words recently sparking intense criticism following reports that the White House is preparing to do just that.
"With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed," Obama said. "The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws."
Obama added: "There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president."
Watch it below:
Krauthammer also addressed recent talk of impeachment, claiming that it is mostly coming from the Democratic side in an effort to sully Republicans' image and that it "would be political suicide" for the GOP to take that route.