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Obama's power plays may have set stage for Trump

Washington: Dec 14; While the White House has condemned Donald Trump's call for a ban on Muslim immigrants as "disqualifying" and "toxic," President Barack Obama may have only himself to blame if a President Trump ever succeeds in putting his plan, or some version of it, into action.

Donald Trump has spent years cultivating a reputation as someone who won't accept "no" for an answer, and he's made clear that's exactly the sort of president he would be. Never mind if there's bipartisan opposition to barring Muslims from entering the United States or to building a wall along the Mexican border (and making Mexico pay for it). Trump doesn't see a need to defer to Congress, which he dismisses as "grossly incompetent" and "pathetically weak." Instead, he heralds instances of past presidents acting unilaterally, particularly Franklin D. Roosevelt's executive order that led to Japanese American internment and Dwight Eisenhower's deportation of millions under "Operation Wetback ."
 
That power has been used by all presidents on a broad range of issues, but rarely has a president called a news conference to announce it or created a formal system to use it, said Hiroshi Motomura, a University of California at Los Angeles professor and expert in immigration law.

"Every president has different priorities, but Obama has actually changed things by being more systematized and transparent and that's what led to critics and the legal challenge," Motomura said.

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