Chanting "Si se puede!" (Yes we can!) outside the White House on Thursday, anti-deportation and pro-amnesty protesters proved the dangers of President Obama's recent executive actions: His reliance on his pen and phone to get work done means that everyone wants a piece of that action for their own favorite causes.
The scene outside the North Lawn of the White House as protesters faced down U.S. Park Police officers looked more like the Southwestern border than downtown Washington. Protesters who refused to leave at the request of the officers were lined up one by one to have their hands restrained behind their back with zip-tie handcuffs, marched onto a bus and taken away.
"We are here because President Obama refuses to use his authority," said one protester and member of the pro-immigrant group Casa de Virginia. "He [Obama] could sign a piece of paper and stop deportation, [stop] breaking up families, sending parents away, sending children to detention camps. He can do that. [But] He's afraid of the political backlash. He's making excuses." When asked whether any of the protesters being arrested were undocumented immigrants, the Casa member said, "Some of them probably are. But they have the courage to be arrested."
These protests against the executive branch are not new, but anger of typically pro-Obama groups towards the executive order issuer-in-chief have been happening more frequently. Federal contractors saw the president use the power of his pen to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10, so they picketed for even higher wages. Leaders in the immigration fight also want their amnesty plan to be implemented and see the magical wish-granting pen as their path to victory.
At what point or for what cause will the president decide enough is enough and send those begging for his help back through Congress?