Whether President Obama has the authority to allow the effective nullification of our immigration statutes through executive order is an interesting subject, about which I may have more to say later. But the immediate implication is clear: Obama, toward the end of his term and perhaps before, is going to put thousands of dangerous hard drug dealers back on the street. He'll do this via executive clemency.
The clemency program has already been announced by DOJ, but until last night, there were realistic questions about how far it would reach. Those questions are now answered. There will be no effective limit whatever.
Nullification through "discretionary" non-enforcement of law is of debatable legality, but the clemency power is not. It exists, and belongs to the President alone.
There was a glimmer of hope until last night that the President would be restrained in exercising this power, and would pay at least some heed to the idea that hard drug trafficking harms America. That is over with. When a President openly and aggressively sympathetic to lawbreakers is willing to use a power that may be there or may not, there is no question left about his willingness to use a power that actually is there.
We saw last night what Obama will do now that he has no political accountability left. But what we saw is only the beginning.