I was appalled by the recent Aiken Standard editorial praising Barack Obama on immigration and gushing that, “it’s time for action, and the White House thankfully appears up to the challenge.” By not fulfilling his duties to defend and secure our borders, Obama is purposefully flouting the law by providing “care and feeding” for illegal immigrations. If Obama were a Republican, he would be impeached.

The editorial further claims, “Obama has said he takes executive action only when the country has a serious problem, and Congress chooses to do nothing. That’s certainly the case now.”

This is an open invitation for the president to take unilateral action.

But such action is clearly unconstitutional. Only Congress can pass laws, and only Congress can legally set national policy. If Congress doesn’t pass a law Obama wants, it’s not up to him to issue executive orders in its place. Obama’s job is to execute the laws passed by Congress.

When Obama took office, he took an oath stating, “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will do the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

The president of the U.S. is not a plebiscitary, elected dictator. He’s not above the law. He’s under the law. And our supreme law is the Constitution, which he is clearly violating. The Aiken Standard should condemn, not encourage, Obama’s rampant lawlessness.

Diane Giddings

North Augusta