Obama is using executive power to affect immigration law

In this Dec. 20, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama speaks during an end-of-the year news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

In this Dec. 20, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama speaks during an end-of-the year news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

President Barack Obama didn't wait for Congress to rewrite the nation's immigration laws to help millions who are in the United States illegally stay in the country.

He halted deportations of those who came to the United States when they were young, those who care for children and those who haven't committed crimes. And he's started allowing some relatives of U.S. service members living in the country illegally to stay as a way to alleviate additional stress on the military and reward veterans.

With a proposed immigration overhaul stalled in Congress, Obama is changing the policy step by step on his own. He's using executive actions to affect millions of people, part of a pattern he's embraced on a variety of topics in recent years to bypass Capitol Hill.

"What this administration has undertaken has never happened to this degree," said Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a research center.

Obama's actions spark anger on both sides of the issue. Supporters of an immigration overhaul complain that he hasn't gone far enough. Opponents of an immigration overhaul say he goes too far.

Supporters have tried to block deportation proceedings at government buildings in a dozen cities, chained themselves to the gates outside the White House, even interrupted a presidential address.

"The president has the legal authority to exercise discretion in immigration enforcement, and to date, that authority has been exercised poorly," said Pablo Alvarado, the executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which is leading the charge against deportations.

Critics have accused Obama of violating the Constitution, prompting a congressional hearing and a lawsuit by immigration agents who accuse the government of preventing them from fulfilling their sworn oath to uphold the law.

"The current administration is picking and choosing which laws to enforce," said Rep. Robert Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican who's the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. "The president cannot refuse to enforce a law simply because he dislikes it."

Obama broke his campaign promise to tackle immigration in his first year in office. Since then, though, he's consistently urged Congress to rewrite the immigration laws, with no success.

The Democratic-controlled Senate passed the most significant overhaul of the nation's immigration laws in a generation last year. The Republican-led House of Representatives won't consider the bill, which provides a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the country illegally, until the borders are secure.

While lawmakers argued, the Department of Homeland Security enacted a series of changes using prosecutorial discretion, the wide latitude given to prosecutors in determining whether to pursue apparent violations of the law.

"In the absence of any immigration action from Congress to fix our broken immigration system, what we've tried to do is focus our immigration enforcement resources in the right places," Obama said in 2012.

The president's opponents and those who want stricter enforcement say the tool was created to review individual cases, not entire categories of people, though it's been used occasionally for groups, including Cubans and Haitians.

Kevin Johnson, an immigration policy expert who serves as the dean of the University of California, Davis, School of Law, said the president could halt all deportations much the same way a governor could ban executions but that it would be a mistake because angry Republicans would refuse to consider an immigration overhaul.

"Could he put a moratorium on removals? Yes," Johnson said. "But politically it would be a disaster. It would end the possibilities for comprehensive immigration reform."

Obama has said repeatedly that he doesn't believe that he has the authority to stop all deportations.

In late November, a heckler seated behind Obama at an immigration speech in San Francisco argued that the president has the power to stop deportations.

"The easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws," Obama responded to him. "And what I'm proposing is the harder path, which is to use our democratic processes to achieve the same goal that you want to achieve _ but it won't be as easy as just shouting. It requires us lobbying and getting it done."

Krikorian accuses Obama of trying to have it both ways. "He is telling supporters he can't do it unilaterally, but he's doing a lot of it unilaterally," he said.

Obama was initially skeptical of using his executive powers the way his Republican predecessor George W. Bush did.

In his first two years in the White House, when fellow Democrats controlled Capitol Hill, Obama largely worked through the regular legislative process to try to achieve his immigration agenda. But Republicans took control of the House in 2010, making that task more difficult.

The next year, after an intense lobbying effort from advocates, he began to use his own power to move his immigration agenda forward.

"Clearly, the pressure is what drove him to act," said Frank Sharry, the executive director of America's Voice, a group that seeks a path to citizenship for immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Overall, deportations have increased during the Obama administration to roughly 400,000 people a year, but not in all categories.

In 2011, the administration issued a memo that called for deporting only the most serious criminals, including those who pose threats to national security, have extensive criminal backgrounds and have recently crossed the border.

The next year, after a bill to create a path to citizenship for those who attend college or serve in the military failed, Obama announced that illegal immigrants who were brought to the country as children _ so-called Dreamers _ would be able to stay and obtain work permits.

Last August, the administration said federal agents shouldn't deport the parents or guardians of minor children. Three months later, agents were directed to allow the spouses, children and parents of service members, reservists and veterans to stay.

"It's an effort to shift priorities," said Marshall Fitz, the director of immigration policy at the left-leaning Center for American Progress. "Doesn't it make sense to prioritize?"

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1Paradiselost writes:

This story is from The McClatchy Company!

I have heard of AP and UPI, The McClatchy Company?

The McClatchy Company is a publicly traded American publishing company based in Sacramento, California. It operates 30 daily newspapers in 15 states and has an average weekday circulation of 2.2 million and Sunday circulation of 2.8 million.[2] In 2006, it purchased Knight Ridder, which at the time was the second-largest newspaper company in the United States (Gannett was and remains the largest). In addition to its daily newspapers, McClatchy also operates several websites and community papers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_McCl...

Don't you think we deserve better news outlets than this?

26yearsonmarco writes:

1P,

It does not matter where the news about Obamee's abuse of power comes from as long as it gets out.

If you think the news sources that are in Obamee's pocket are going to report things like this, you can forgetaboutit.

WMissow writes:

Welcome to the world of Adolf Obama. Did anyone really expect anything different?

MIOCENE1 writes:

I clearly remember in the early nineties when illegal immigration was going on; but before it began to make national headlines.

The focus of Bill O'Reilly's show was about creationism vs Evolution, the 10 Commandments on public property, the abortion debate, public prayer and the bible's role in government.

So while all this religious mumbo jumbo was taking center stage; the foundation was being laid for an impoverished and socialized America.

The immigrant poor are having children, the middle class is paying the bill; while the rich laugh all the way to the bank.

MIOCENE (PAREIDOLIA)

Konfuzius writes:

in response to WMissow:

Welcome to the world of Adolf Obama. Did anyone really expect anything different?

"There is a rule in discussions about current issues: Each participant should remember," once wrote the Jewish journalist Henryk M. Broder, "Who first said Adolf, Adolf Hitler, Nazis, Third Reich, has drawn the short straw. So is either a Nazi sympathizer or - even worse - it disregards the 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not compare!"

Du you know whom you all insulted?

1. GREAT President Barack Obama!
2. All American and allies soldiers fought for the freedom of Europe in WWII!
3. All American democrats!
4. Everybody else who has just abhorrence for stuff comes even close to Hitler and the third Reich. Like me!

I feel just sorry for you.

1Paradiselost writes:

In order to get the real news you have to buy newspapers from a major city.
An informed public needs to get their news from at least 3 news sources to balance the reporters view points.

If you limit yourself by reading news from just one source after a time YOU become a mirror in you thoughts from that source.
Our local papers are not here to report news and do investigative reporting.

They are a wing of the chamber of commence, and realtors. If they report any news its off the national wire, in this case from The McClatchy Company! What's wrong with the AP,UPI,FOX,CBS, etc.

Example, where are the following items found in the average newspaper?

Sports... Not just high school!
Crossword Puzzle.... in every paper?
Stock Market reports?
Editorial from the papers editor?
The Funny pages?
The Sheriffs weekly arrests?
Marco Island police department arrests?
The gossip column?
The Business Page?
The Movie Times and what's playing?

I know I'm missing a few, Our friend Obama does not require 100% of anyone's thoughts or energy. There are some here who could not write a sentence or comment on a blog unless Obama name was attached.
How about a story about the west coast of this country? Right now some places only have a 60 day water supply, and it their rainy season.

This obsession with Obama has got to end, He can't run again! Time to take your energy and look for candidates who can win in 2016!

We all need to stop driving out cars thru the rear view mirror. The 1950's are not coming back!

Christie is gone, and Rick Santorum can't win!

And, I don't want Hillary!

Konfuzius writes:

The former First Lady has repeatedly stressed before her retirement from the State Department earlier this year that they do not think of it to apply for the successor to the current incumbent GREAT President Barack Obama. She looked forward to being her own to do outside the political spotlight what makes her fun. And that's what it seems at present to do so. She holds - highly paid - Speeches in private institutions and organizations working on a book and for the foundation, operate the Clinton's to the worldwide promotion of health , economy and environment.

But that holds both friend and foe not depend on to prepare for a possible election campaign , especially since Hillary , a member of the Democratic Party has expressed in the United States , in recent months, no longer about future ambitions. So supporters have already an action committee with the name "Ready for Hillary " was founded. The organization is actively doing to raise money and establish a dense network of followers, at the base but also among celebrities.

In my opinion nobody of GOP will stop Hillary. Fortunate for Hillary, GOP is divided.
I will be happy if she wins. America needs the reliability of a powerful leadership. No warmongers! The rest of the world too.

The Republicans are in turn not back , working on strategies that former First Lady to stigmatize as dangerous liberals. The ongoing efforts personally to blame her mistakes and shortcomings in the run-up to the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012 , is already considered as part of an early anti - Clinton campaign . The motto "Hillary prevent " is also used as a tool in fundraising. Very poor argumentation. Underground BS.

WMissow writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

"There is a rule in discussions about current issues: Each participant should remember," once wrote the Jewish journalist Henryk M. Broder, "Who first said Adolf, Adolf Hitler, Nazis, Third Reich, has drawn the short straw. So is either a Nazi sympathizer or - even worse - it disregards the 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not compare!"

Du you know whom you all insulted?

1. GREAT President Barack Obama!
2. All American and allies soldiers fought for the freedom of Europe in WWII!
3. All American democrats!
4. Everybody else who has just abhorrence for stuff comes even close to Hitler and the third Reich. Like me!

I feel just sorry for you.

Klaus, in simple terms go shove your socialist views. You are only happy when the rest of the successful real Americans are as getting the shaft from our Socialist now turned Fascist president.

I do not care about you so don't bother feeling sorry about me.

WMissow writes:

K, You have one nerve talking about American servicemen. How many of YOUR relatives killed them and the others mentioned in the name of YOUR father country?

Your use of German names just proves your affinity, and pride to just that......Nothing else!

Konfuzius writes:

in response to WMissow:

Klaus, in simple terms go shove your socialist views. You are only happy when the rest of the successful real Americans are as getting the shaft from our Socialist now turned Fascist president.

I do not care about you so don't bother feeling sorry about me.

I feel really sorry for you.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to WMissow:

K, You have one nerve talking about American servicemen. How many of YOUR relatives killed them and the others mentioned in the name of YOUR father country?

Your use of German names just proves your affinity, and pride to just that......Nothing else!

I feel terrible sorry for you!

WMissow writes:

The people you should feel sorry for are those who believe anything that Obama says. They are the ones who will be just like your relatives who believed, cheered and sang songs of glory for those who truly destroyed Germany. Remember,that was the majority then, too!

Konfuzius writes:

in response to WMissow:

The people you should feel sorry for are those who believe anything that Obama says. They are the ones who will be just like your relatives who believed, cheered and sang songs of glory for those who truly destroyed Germany. Remember,that was the majority then, too!

Even your historical know-ledges are pact with mistakes.You are really uninformed. To label GREAT President Barack Obama as fascist is another insult to the American people.
I feel unbelievable sorry for you. You must have a miserable life to argue so.

WMissow writes:

Facts are facts Obama is the lowest rated president since Nixon. Jimmy Carter looks like a saint as compared to him.

......and you my little angry socialist are still looking for my tax money to pay your bills.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to WMissow:

Facts are facts Obama is the lowest rated president since Nixon. Jimmy Carter looks like a saint as compared to him.

......and you my little angry socialist are still looking for my tax money to pay your bills.

I am not sure whether you ever paid taxes but I feel totally sorry for you.

WMissow writes:

That does not help Obumbums ratings does it now?

Konfuzius writes:

in response to WMissow:

That does not help Obumbums ratings does it now?

GREAT President Barack Obama's ratings are the best ever. His rating is the Peace Nobel Prize!

I feel awfully sorry for you be pact with so much gassy fanaticism.

tikihut2206 writes:

stop...WWII has been over for years..lets concentrate on the wars going on now!!! Get over it...

tikihut2206 writes:

ok you people have to move on for your children and grandchildren..we have President Obama for 3 more years..deal with it..concentrate on 2016...even though I am a democrat I did really like my Gov. Christie until bridgegate..not sure if I believe him...you all have opinions would like to know what you think...

1Paradiselost writes:

Chris Christie: Brash or a bully?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqQAB4...

RayPray writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

GREAT President Barack Obama's ratings are the best ever. His rating is the Peace Nobel Prize!

I feel awfully sorry for you be pact with so much gassy fanaticism.

"GREAT President Barack Obama's ratings are the best ever."

>>> Not quite. Hear here:

https://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/...

"His rating is the Peace Nobel Prize!"

>>> This is true! Being black, Sweden should give him at least two more Nobels.

>>> How about the Nobel in Chemistry from his Choom Gang experiments?

1Paradiselost writes:

Ray....

The Weekly Standard is an American neoconservative opinion magazine.

News Corporation head Rupert Murdoch owns FOX NEWS and the Weekly Standard.

Trusting only the opinions from the Weekly Standard & Fox News is like taking political advice from the cast members of Duck Dynasty.

Ray you can do better!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Week...

RayPray writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

Ray....

The Weekly Standard is an American neoconservative opinion magazine.

News Corporation head Rupert Murdoch owns FOX NEWS and the Weekly Standard.

Trusting only the opinions from the Weekly Standard & Fox News is like taking political advice from the cast members of Duck Dynasty.

Ray you can do better!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Week...

If you don't trust Fred Barnes, how about WaPO's Chris Cillizza?

"The president is mired in the worst extended polling dip of his five years in office, dragged down by a series of scandals (National Security Agency spying, IRS targeting) and fumbles (the rollout of HealthCare.gov)."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politic...

Konfuzius writes:

in response to RayPray:

"GREAT President Barack Obama's ratings are the best ever."

>>> Not quite. Hear here:

https://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/...

"His rating is the Peace Nobel Prize!"

>>> This is true! Being black, Sweden should give him at least two more Nobels.

>>> How about the Nobel in Chemistry from his Choom Gang experiments?

The Peace Nobel Price is from Norway. But how shall you know as American?

tikihut2206 writes:

guess there is not getting through to you people..stuck on the same thing over and over again..hope you enjoy your life..but you are not rid of me...still trying to get you into the present...

Ruger writes:

Shouldn't Obama the great prioritize jobs for American Citizens?

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-met...

There are 3 unemployed people for every job opening

http://www.thenewamerican.com/economy...

Welfare Hits Record Levels After 50 Years of War on Poverty

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-01...

People Not In Labor Force Soar To Record 91.8 Million; Participation Rate Plunges To 1978 Levels

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to Ruger:

Shouldn't Obama the great prioritize jobs for American Citizens?

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-met...

There are 3 unemployed people for every job opening

http://www.thenewamerican.com/economy...

Welfare Hits Record Levels After 50 Years of War on Poverty

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-01...

People Not In Labor Force Soar To Record 91.8 Million; Participation Rate Plunges To 1978 Levels

Have you tried meeting or calling our congressman Tray Radel with your issues?

Have you joined the local Republican Party? They are looking for members and need your ideas.

You present some of the great issues of out time, however if the founders of this nation just talked & sat on their hands we would still be colony of Great Britain.

RayPray writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

The Peace Nobel Price is from Norway. But how shall you know as American?

"The Peace Nobel Price is from Norway."

>>> True but Chemistry is awarded in Sweden.

>>> Sweden could also bestow on Obama Epiphaneus maybe some fuliginous Nobel in Medicine if the great man could ever establish he actually bothered to read the policy enormity of Obama-care ....

Ruger writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

Have you tried meeting or calling our congressman Tray Radel with your issues?

Have you joined the local Republican Party? They are looking for members and need your ideas.

You present some of the great issues of out time, however if the founders of this nation just talked & sat on their hands we would still be colony of Great Britain.

The Founders of this Nation believed in Checks and Balances. This idea was called separation of powers. This philosophy heavily influenced the writing of the United States Constitution, according to which the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of the United States government are kept distinct in order to prevent abuse of power.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separati...

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to Ruger:

The Founders of this Nation believed in Checks and Balances. This idea was called separation of powers. This philosophy heavily influenced the writing of the United States Constitution, according to which the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of the United States government are kept distinct in order to prevent abuse of power.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separati...

I have been blogging for months about the separation of the branches of government.

So why is everything (The Executive Branch) Obama's fault?

Should there also be equal blame with the Legislative (John Boehner & Congress) Branch of government? If no bills are passed, the president can't sign any new laws to help or hurt the American people.

The American people give a higher approval rating to a colonoscopy and hemorrhoids than congress with only a 9% approval rating.

The Judicial Branch (The Supreme Court) upheld "Obama Care". They're to blame for it becoming law!

So it's not just one person who's at fault why our government is so dysfunctional?

WMissow writes:

1P,

It seems that you have a tendency to stick up for the underdog, which is, most of the time, an admirable trait. But, come on now, we are talking about the President of The United States of America, not an unfortunate handicapped child.

In reference to your previous post, have you ever heard of the expression " a dead fish stinks from the head down"? No I know he is not dead, but did he not pick his Cabinet?

You can keep playing the blame game which you are also very good at. If Obama was anything but what he is, nobody would agree with his policies, behaviors and actions except those would be benefitting in one way or the other for them?

Why do, so many, accept these actions from this man? He has had his chance but he just does not have the right stuff.

1Paradiselost writes:

WMisslow.. You said... "No I know he is not dead, but did he not pick his Cabinet"?

When any presidents cabinet starts making laws, we will be able to elect those officials.

That being said, Its CONGRESS that make the laws in America as Ruger pointed out. Not this president, or any past president.

His actions (Obamas) are dependent on what congress does because he CAN'T act alone! That's the LAW! However Fox News reporters would like a rewrite of our constitution.

Our system set up by our forefathers has built in checks and balances. No one branch of government can make laws without the other.

It's just not one person to blame here.... It's our do nothing Congress as a group which is the major problem currently in America!

Looking in our own backyard are you proud to have a cokehead/crackhead (Trey Radel) representing you in congress? He should be doing time in jail! As a group who elected him where's our outrage? Why are we wasting our time with Obama when we have a convicted felon in any other state in our own backyard representing us?

Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill, the heads of two branches of government politically did not see eye to eye. However they worked together putting their differences aside for ALL of the American people.

Can the same be said today about our elected officials in either branch of government?

The American people have been waiting far to long for our elected officials to grow up.

In government as in life, it takes two to tango!

Ruger writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

I have been blogging for months about the separation of the branches of government.

So why is everything (The Executive Branch) Obama's fault?

Should there also be equal blame with the Legislative (John Boehner & Congress) Branch of government? If no bills are passed, the president can't sign any new laws to help or hurt the American people.

The American people give a higher approval rating to a colonoscopy and hemorrhoids than congress with only a 9% approval rating.

The Judicial Branch (The Supreme Court) upheld "Obama Care". They're to blame for it becoming law!

So it's not just one person who's at fault why our government is so dysfunctional?

The American people elected the members of Congress to stop Obama's socialist policies and record spending spree. That gives Obama the right to bypass Congress? You seem confused about how the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches work.

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/...

Obama Vows to Bypass Congress and Rule by Decree

WMissow writes:

1P,

You missed the point and are unwilling or unable to admit the country was wrong in electing a man who was nothing more than a community organizer. No real experience has led him to the hole he is in.

1Paradiselost writes:

"The New American" is your source for information?

Did you know "The New American" Is owned by the "The John Birch Society"? (JBS) is an American political advocacy group. It has been described as radical right!

Did you know that Fred Koch, founder of Koch Industries, was one of the founding members of the John Burch Society?

You have heard of the "Koch Brothers"?

Selling that to the general public is like asking you to watch MSNBC. With Rachel Maddow as you main source of news & information

Sorry but The John Birch Society is just to radical to be taken seriously by the majority of the American public.

Time has shown how successful the JBS has been in past elections. Our job as Republicans is to win elections not alienate the voting public. We need to soften our message, Unless you want more "Obama" types as President of our country? Digging up Joe MaCarthy is not the answer if the White House is the goal.

Something over 50 years old. The names have been changed but the mission stays the same of the JBS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG6taS...

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to WMissow:

1P,

You missed the point and are unwilling or unable to admit the country was wrong in electing a man who was nothing more than a community organizer. No real experience has led him to the hole he is in.

Sorry for us but The "Majority" of Americans elected the man twice. Once with over 52% of the vote... not seen since Reagan!

The only difference between us is I don't listen to FOX News. I know many of you do because I can tell by the talking points.

This country has changed not for the better and many of you can't accept that. Gone is the corner store and the guy who washes you cars windshield while filling your gas tank.

That America is GONE! Forget about it!

Many of you have been trained daily to to blame one man for Americas problems. Sorry, but American is bigger than any one man!

Thank God for the wisdom of our forefathers as many of you refuse to acknowledge that CONGRESS makes the laws in America.

It's just that simple!

If many of you were on a psychologist couch the doctor would say you have misplaced aggression. In a state of denial, As you want to rewrite the Constitution as Fox news tells you on a daily basis.

Meet a republican who does not listen to Rush or take my marching orders from Fox News. You ever hear taking points in one of my blogs?

My point is if you want to win back the White House it's not me who has to change. Ask yourself how bad do you want it? I have lived thru 12 Presidents some have been better than others, However this is the worst Congress I can remember!

A much smarter man said, Remember... "Insanity is : doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

Konfuzius writes:

Look at the stock market numbers as GREAT President Barack Obama took over and look at the stock market numbers now.

GREAT President Barack Obama - elected by the majority of the nations citizen twice - did an outstanding job. Whether he was a community organizer or an artist for c-movies. Who cares. The American people like him. They didn't like a rogue off-shore money maker. The American people want him. They want not buy a pig in a poke! Americans are smart. That is for sure.

Ruger writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

"The New American" is your source for information?

Did you know "The New American" Is owned by the "The John Birch Society"? (JBS) is an American political advocacy group. It has been described as radical right!

Did you know that Fred Koch, founder of Koch Industries, was one of the founding members of the John Burch Society?

You have heard of the "Koch Brothers"?

Selling that to the general public is like asking you to watch MSNBC. With Rachel Maddow as you main source of news & information

Sorry but The John Birch Society is just to radical to be taken seriously by the majority of the American public.

Time has shown how successful the JBS has been in past elections. Our job as Republicans is to win elections not alienate the voting public. We need to soften our message, Unless you want more "Obama" types as President of our country? Digging up Joe MaCarthy is not the answer if the White House is the goal.

Something over 50 years old. The names have been changed but the mission stays the same of the JBS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG6taS...

LOL!

Looks like someone has been watching too much MSNBC and YouTube.

1Paradiselost writes:

Stealing my thoughts. It was the truth. Can't you think up anything witty?

You must be Rand Paul's brother. BTW Don't you think hes got a bad topee?

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