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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP vice presidential candidate in 2008, says the immigration crisis Barack Obama has created along the southwestern U.S. border is the tipping point, and she believes it now is time to bring impeachment articles against the president.
"It is time," she told Sean Hannity on Fox News on Tuesday. "A great awakening is due in this country … [that] he is not an imperial president and lawlessness will not be accepted by the American people."
She cited a long list of the scandals under Obama's tenure, but said the "tipping point" has been the "illegal immigration crisis created by Obama."
"Impeachment is a message that has to be sent to the president," she said, citing the president's "lies."
She said lesser measures, such as House Speaker John Boehner's plans for a lawsuit against Obama, aren't enough.
"You don't bring a lawsuit to a gunfight," she said.
She rejected the suggestion that impeachment would be a losing issue for Republicans, and said it actually would be a bipartisan issue.
In an earlier commentary at Breitbart, Palin explained why the immigration issue is so important.
"Without borders, there is no nation. Obama knows this. Opening our borders to a flood of illegal immigrants is deliberate. This is his fundamental transformation of America. It's the only promise he has kept. Discrediting the price paid for America's exceptionalism over our history, he's given false hope and taxpayer's change to millions of foreign nationals who want to sneak into our country illegally."
She continued, "President Obama's rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here. It's not going to get better, and in fact irreparable harm can be done in this lame-duck term as he continues to make up his own laws as he goes along, and, mark my words, will next meddle in the U.S. court system with appointments that will forever change the basic interpretation of our Constitution's role in protecting our rights.
"It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment," she said.
"The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is."
The Washington Post noted Speaker of the House John Boehner does not hold to Palin's push for impeachment.
"I disagree," he repeatedly said.
The authors of a book making a case for Obama's impeachment said just a day earlier that the Obama administration departmental directives that have bypassed Congress and granted de facto amnesty for millions of illegal aliens could constitute an impeachable offense.
According to authors Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott those actions – overseeing the issuance of directives against enforcing immigration law – fundamentally reformed immigration law without congressional approval.
The moves led directly to the current state of affairs, in which illegal immigrants, including minors, are crossing the border at increased rates, say Klein and Elliott.
"President Obama has illegally, willfully, and deliberately been derelict of his duties as the chief executive while consistently usurping the constitutional authority vested with Congress to regulate immigration," the authors write in their news-making book, "Impeachable Offenses: The case for removing Barack Obama from office."
Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution gives Congress the power to "establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization."
That clause has long been interpreted by constitutional scholars to give Congress the power to establish immigration policy.
"While Article II, Section 3, states the president's role is to 'take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,' Obama's refusal to execute Congress' immigration laws may therefore be an impeachable offense,” write Klein and Elliott.
The big list of those who have already talked about impeaching Obama includes Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin, actor Steven Seagal, rock legend Ted Nugent, Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin, Dennis Kucinich and dozens more.