Published data show that the number of passengers using Washington Dulles airport is declining while the number using Washington Reagan National is increasing. Lori Aratani of the Washington Post takes a stab at explaining why. She falls prey to the spin of the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, which seems inclined to “solve” its Dulles problem by lobbying Congress to make Reagan National less useful.
Today’s Washington Post includes an article on Virginia politics that, among other things, purports to explain why the Marketplace Fairness Act is needed to achieve fairness. Brick-and-mortar tennis specialty shop owner Justin Wilson is featured prominently, presumably because he’s giving up:
“Six percent on a $200 racket is 12 dollars they don’t have to pay me,” he said. “I put up the white flag. It’s just simply not worth it.”
Wilson and other Virginia business owners are frustrated with Congress’s failure to act on a bill that would force online retailers without a brick and mortar presence in states such as Virginia to levy sales tax at the point of purchase.
Reporter Jenna Portnoy does not cite any other Virginia business owners, so it is reasonable to infer that she completely believes Justin Wilson’s explanation.
But does Wilson’s explanation make economic sense?
Today we review the Department of Homeland Security’s guidance implementing President Obama’s decision to extend “deferred action” beyond those who were brought to the US as children, a group he directed be exempted from removal in June 2012 (“deferred action for childhood arrivals, or DACA). The justification given is the same as that for the companion Enforcement Priorities Guidance analyzed in Part 4: (1) the need for priority-setting due to limited resources and (2) the authority to exercise prosecutorial discretion.
The Expanded DACA Guidance is the main source of political controversy only in part because it dramatically expands the number of covered persons. The Guidance is controversial mainly because deferred action is inherently controversial. Congress has never statutorily unauthorized it, so DHS is acting in constitutionally contested territory.
Today we review the guidance the Department of Homeland Security will use to implement the President’s directives.
This post provides a list of Executive actions on immigration. It will be updated as these new actions are published.
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President Obama’s Actions on Immigration:
Part 2: Four stated principles behind “the President’s Proposal”
The White House has another web page providing “four principles to the President’s common sense proposal.”
The important thing to note is the final word in that sentence: on its face, this is a legislative proposal, not a set of actions the President intends to take without constitutional or legislatively delegated statutory authority. This is very different from his recent rhetoric, which has been interpreted as a threat to act unilaterally if Congress does not legislate.
The text of “the President’s Proposal” is confusingly written in a way that implies both a legislative proposal and unilateral action. If the President does act unilaterally, without statutory authority delegated by Congress, he would provoke the constitutional crisis that his opponents have forecast. Read as a proposal, however, the text is not nearly as extreme as the President’s own statements suggest it to be.