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September 07, 2014

Obama Delays Immigration Action Until After Election

Obama Delays Immigration Action Until After Election

Abandoning his pledge to act by the end of summer, President Barack Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November congressional elections, White House officials said.

The move is certain to infuriate immigration advocates while offering relief to some vulnerable Democrats in tough Senate re-election contests.

Two White House officials said Obama concluded that circumventing Congress through executive actions on immigration during the campaign would politicize the issue and hurt future efforts to pass a broad overhaul.

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the president's decision before it was announced, said Obama made his decision Friday as he returned to Washington from a NATO summit in Wales.

They said Obama called a few allies from Air Force One and informed them of his decision, and that the president made more calls from the White House on Saturday.

The officials said Obama had no specific timeline to act, but that he still would take his executive steps before the end of the year.

In a Rose Garden speech on June 30, Obama said he had directed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to give him recommendations for executive action by the end of summer. Obama also pledged to "adopt those recommendations without further delay."

Obama faced competing pressures from immigration advocacy groups that wanted prompt action and from Democrats worried that acting now would energize Republican opposition against vulnerable Senate Democrats. Among those considered most at risk were Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.

Obama advisers were not convinced that any presidential action would affect the elections. But the officials said the discussions around the timing grew more pronounced within the past few weeks.

Wild Thing's comment........

He will do what he wants to do and when he wants to do it. With his Dreamers act he has brought thousands more illegals to our country, notice how he makes a mess of everything. Obama and the illegals should be deported.

Posted by Wild Thing at September 7, 2014 12:50 AM


This broken wannabe CZAR draws lines in the sand and fails to act... "The boy that cries 'WOLF!'..."

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at September 7, 2014 08:48 AM

I'm pissed at racist obama. I'm also pissed at the Hispanic activists who want more of their Hispanic hemanos and amigos in America just to take over from us gringos. Screw them all.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at September 7, 2014 02:22 PM