President Obama's executive order that will benefit some 5 million immigrants will be a home run for Democrats and a home run for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights Hillary Clinton: Biden less 'constrained' than Clinton and Obama due to prior administration Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE in the presidential campaign of 2016.


In my column this week, I suggested that Clinton is the only potential presidential candidate in either party who has the capability of being competitive in virtually every state of the union.

The Obama immigration executive order, because it will be upheld or overturned by the next president, will now be a major issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. Clinton strongly supports the immigration executive order and will guarantee that, if elected, she will continue it. Every Republican running for president in 2016 will have to ask whether they will reverse the executive order, which will guarantee a huge Hispanic vote for Clinton and Democrats in 2016 and over the long term, or overturn it, which will be necessary for Republican candidates to avoid an intra-party war with the conservative base but will powerfully help Clinton with Hispanics in the 2016 general election.

I do not agree with the timing of the executive order. It would have been far better to let the lame-duck session finish its work on the budget and other pressing matters and then issue the executive order shortly before Christmas.

But make no mistake about it, the Obama executive order on immigration is a home run for Hillary Clinton and any Democrat running in 2016 who need Hispanic voters. Obama has set a political trap for Republicans, which they will walk right into, and even if the timing could have been delayed a few weeks, it creates a grand slam for Clinton and a disaster for GOP presidential candidates in 2016.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. Contact him at