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November 24, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Immigration: Republicans aren’t remembering past executive orders

According to syndicated columnist David Brooks, Obama’s use of executive power to alter existing immigration law is a “calculated insult” to Republicans [“Obama has become more partisan after the election,” Opinion, Nov. 18]. Brooks, however,  seems to forget that both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush used their executive powers to extend amnesty to family members not included in the 1986 immigration laws. Reagan in 1987 and Bush in 1989.

Now, I admit that my memory of such events that took place more than 20 years ago is somewhat sketchy. But I certainly do not remember there being a spate of Republican outrage and vituperation against Reagan and Bush as there is now against President Obama for saying that he might use his executive power to make changes to existing immigration laws. I do not remember Republicans threatening to impeach Reagan and Bush for doing essentially the same thing then that Obama did now.

And I don’t remember the Republicans threatening wide-ranging lawsuits against Reagan and Bush or threatening to shut down government if they altered existing immigration law with their executive powers.

And I don’t know whether these present Republican histrionics are due to faulty memories or just plain old Republican hypocrisy. Take your pick.

Gary Nelson, Bellingham

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