During remarks on immigration, President Obama was confronted onstage by a protester calling on him to use executive power to bypass Congress on the issue.
The protester, standing behind the president during a speech in San Francisco, was joined by others who began to chant “Stop deportation!” “If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing them through Congress, I would do so,” President Obama responded. “But we’re also a nation of laws.”
But Obama has routinely nullified parts of laws he didn't like or changed the implementation of them without congressional action, on a lot of issues but notoriously so on Obamacare. I don't know why anyone would compromise with him on anything big like immigration reform. Why wouldn't he just ignore parts of the law he didn't like? Ignoring parts of immigration law is not exactly a bold new concept, is it?