President Obama delays immigration action over the disgust of fellow Democrats
President Obama has decided to delay executive action on immigration reform. The reform was originally planned for the end of the summer because the surge of unaccompanied children across the border changed the political calculus. NBC’s Chuck Todd did an interview with the President which will air on Meet the Press. The President said “The truth of the matter is that the politics did shift midsummer because of that problem,” “I want to spend some time, even as we’re getting all our ducks in a row for the executive action, I also want to make sure that the public understands why we’re doing this, why it’s the right thing for the American people, why it’s the right thing for the American economy.”
White House administration officials first reported that the President would put off any action on the issue until after the midterm elections. The GOP has accused Obama of playing politics. Obama claims he is not trying to help vulnerable Senate Democrats by delaying executive action.
“I’m being honest now about the politics of it. This problem with unaccompanied children that we saw a couple weeks ago, where you had, from Central America, a surge of kids who were showing up at the border, got a lot of attention. And a lot of Americans started thinking, ‘We’ve got this immigration crisis on our hands,’ ” Obama said.
Obama said June 30 that he would take matters into his own hands before the end of summer, amid the GOP-led House stalling reform legislation and thousands of unaccompanied Central American youths trying to illegally cross the southern U.S. border.
Democrats passed bipartisan reform legislation in 2013 but efforts within the House has stalled over concerns of border security and a path to amnesty. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell claimed Obama is simply saying “he’ll go around the law once it’s too late for Americans to hold his party accountable in the November elections.”
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid once again was in support of Obama saying “I know that the president is determined to act, and when he does I support a broad use of his authority to fix as much of our broken immigration system as he can through executive action,” the Nevada Democrat said.
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