If it isn’t permitted under the law.
Our president is doing what he wants to about immigration because it feels good–or more likely because the adulation of the masses is a remarkable boost to his ego. I get it. It’s nice to be liked. It’s wonderful to be loved. And it’s mind-blowingly awesome to be worshiped.
But being worshiped is not a sign that one is a god, or demi-god, or even on the side of the angels. In fact, dictators (of the non-benevolent stripe) since the dawn of time have regularly been worshiped by those who either love them or fear them, or both. Oh, and dictators are not really picky about the source emotions of the worshipers. They just need to feed.
Which is why the government of these United States was not set up as a dictatorship, why Washington turned down a legitimate offer to become the King instead of a president, why it would be in our best interest to stop the insanity which has come with generations of politicians following each other to the great feeding trough in the District of Columbia.
But, I’m getting off the track a bit. Back to the President (with a word from P&R):
Those who try to defend this tyrannical usurpation should have a care. What if the next president decides to use “prosecutorial discretion” to alter the tax rates via executive order? What if the next president decides to use executive orders on the flimsy basis of such discretion to open ANWR and other national parks, refuges, and public lands to energy development? There is, theoretically, no limit to presidential actions in defiance of congress, voters, and the democratic process if this something done by our would-be dictator and erstwhile president is not challenged. If you would give this sort of power to an Obama, you must be prepared to see a Nixon wield it, too.
Truth. The real reason we restrict the power the presidency by checking it, by moderating it, through the power of the House and Senate, and yes, even the Supreme Court (and the other courts) is that our form of government is built upon the give and take of a representative republic.
If the President believes that going it alone, in contravention to the laws which established this republic, is what he must do, then he has crossed the Rubicon. All that remains is to see if the citizens of the republic, including the legislators, are so enamored of Caesar and all that he promises that they will throw off that which is left of the republic and proclaim him savior.