- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The White House suggested Wednesday that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vow to expand President Obama’s immigration amnesty would exceed current presidential authority.

“The president was determined to use as much of his authority as he could,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said when asked about Mrs. Clinton’s campaign promise to expand amnesty to illegal immigrant parents of children allowed to stay in the U.S. “The president’s views on this have not changed.”

But asked specifically whether expanding Mr. Obama’s amnesty policy would be illegal, Mr. Earnest replied, “That would be something for future presidents, and ultimately future courts, to decide.”

He said the administration’s lawyers had studied the issue carefully and “we continue to be extremely confident of our legal position.” The deportation amnesty announced by Mr. Obama in November is being held up in federal court.

Mrs. Clinton vowed Tuesday that if elected, she would try to expand Mr. Obama’s deportation amnesty to more illegal immigrants, saying his administration has left out many aliens who deserve to be granted legal status.

“We should go as far as we can to get the resources to provide support and, particularly, representation, and change some of our detention processes within the kind of discretion I think the president has exercised with his executive orders,” Mrs. Clinton told so-called Dreamers, or young illegal immigrants in the U.S. under color of law of Mr. Obama’s initial 2012 amnesty.

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