As President Obama was heckled by protestors who urged him to stop all deportations, he admitted perhaps a bit too much.
“Now, you’re absolutely right that there have been significant numbers of deportations. That’s true. But what you are not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law.”
This isn’t the first time the President has admitted he changed the law. In August, he admitted that he made a “temporary modification” to Obamacare:
One of the main objections that’s the basis of this suit is us making a temporary modification to the health care law that they said needed to be modified. (Laughter.) So they criticized a provision; we modify it to make it easier for business to transition; and that’s the basis for their suit. Now, you could say that, all right, this is a harmless political stunt — except it wastes America’s time. You guys are all paying for it as taxpayers. It’s not very productive. But it’s not going to stop me from doing what I think needs to be done in order to help families all across this country. (Applause.)
Of course, in both cases, what he meant to say was that based on his prosecutorial discretion, he re-prioritized his enforcement decisions.