Frustrated by his failure to convince House Republicans to vote for his amnesty legislation, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., threatened conservatives that President Obama would unilaterally give all illegal immigrants amnesty if the House does not vote on his bill.

Speaking to Tampa’s, Fla.., WFLA, Rubio said, “I believe that this president will be tempted, if nothing happens in Congress, to issue an executive order as he did for the Dream Act kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million people by the sign of a pen.”

A very real threat
Rubio is right about one thing: It is entirely likely that Obama would extend his existing unilateral amnesty program to a blanket amnesty program if Congress does not pass Rubio’s amnesty plan this year. In fact, as previously reported by the Washington Examiner, the amnesty lobby is already pushing Obama to do exactly that.

After all, since Obama’s first administrative amnesty, granting legal status to all illegal immigrants under the age of 30 who can provide any evidence that they were brought to the United States before their 16th birthday, has no basis in the law, there is nothing stopping Obama from expanding that amnesty to everyone.

So why give him more power?
Rubio told WFLA yesterday that if Republicans don’t give Obama a legally enacted amnesty now, they won’t get things they want on immigration, like new border security spending and E-verify. But those security measures will never happen under Obama, law or no law. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has already said he would like to get rid of the border surge money in the existing Rubio bill, and does anyone on the planet really think that the same administration that will not enforce the employer mandate in its own signature health care law would ever enforce the E-Verify employer mandate it never wanted in the first place?

Rubio’s big government immigration bill
Worse, Rubio’s immigration bill is chock full of brand new grants of power to the executive branch. For starters, it creates a brand new government bureaucracy charged with setting wages for the entire agricultural sector of the United States economy. It also contains hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars earmarked for amnesty advocacy groups like like La Raza and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund. Obama would have total discretion over which liberal and progressive groups to give this money to.

Make Obama grant his amnesty and fight him in court
The reality is that there is no legal basis for Obama’s existing amnesty program or his planned expansion of it. If anything, passing an amnesty bill now would only bailout Obama’s existing lawlessness on the issue, and encourage future selective enforcement of the law to pressure conservatives on other issues. Conservatives should be would be looking for the best way to fight Obama’s lawlessness in Court, not enable it in Congress.

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NBC News, Businesses claim Obamacare has forced them to cut employee hours: Employers around the country, from fast-food franchises to colleges, have told NBC News that they will be cutting workers’ hours below 30 a week because they can’t afford to offer the health insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The Associated Press, Rubio Warns Obama Could Act to Legalize Immigrants: Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio warned Tuesday that if Congress doesn’t pass immigration overhaul legislation, President Barack Obama may act on his own to legalize the 11 million immigrants already in the U.S. illegally.
The Wall Street Journal, U.S. Moves to Ground Air Merger: The Justice Department unexpectedly moved to block the merger of American Airlines parent AMR and US Airways Group, threatening to upend what was viewed as the final step in the industry’s consolidation.
The New York Times, Unease at Clinton Foundation Over Finances and Ambitions: In the coming weeks the Clinton Foundation, long Bill Clinton’s domain, will become the nerve center of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s increasingly busy public life.
McClatchy Newspapers, Will Obamacare rollout be smooth sailing or a ‘train wreck’?: Just seven weeks before the new state insurance marketplaces are set to open under the Affordable Care Act, it’s unclear whether the long-anticipated October rollout will be a smooth operation or the “train wreck” that some have predicted.

Lefty Playbook
Think Progress reports that a 92-year-old woman who once faced literacy tests is suing North Carolina over its new voter ID law.
Jamelle Bouie compares North Carolina’s new voter ID law to Jim Crow.
Nate Cohn says North Carolina’s new voter ID law won’t change elections.
Sahil Kapur on Obama’s Obamacare predicament.
Jonathan Cohn says the latest Obamacare delay is not a big deal.

Righty Playbook
Peter Suderman asks, “If Obamacare is the Law of the Land, then Why Does the Obama Administration Keep Ignoring It?”
National Review says John Boehner should give his word that no House passed immigration bill will go to conference.
Avik Roy says the Lee, Cruz Obamacare defund plan will only make the law permanent.