Gee whiz: POTUS may delay executive action on immigration

Gee whiz: POTUS may delay executive action on immigration

[Ed. – No way.  There must be an election coming up.]

The White House is pouring cold water on President Obama’s earlier vow to take executive action on immigration reform by the end of the summer. It will still happen, aides insist, but likely closer to the end of the year. Although officials emphasize that no decision has been made, Obama himself seemed to hint at the change earlier this week, saying his timeline could be affected by the need to deal with the surge of migrant children arriving at the border from Central America. …

The real reason for any delay though would mostly be electoral, notes the New York Times. The White House is increasingly concerned about what any executive action could mean for Democratic Senate candidates, which is why executive action could be pushed back until after the November midterms. The move would come as some Democrats in closer races have publicly called for Obama to not circumvent Congress on the controversial issue. …

Delaying action until after the midterms could lead to even more political problems if Republicans win control of the Senate, notes the Washington Post. That could ultimately end up translating into much more tepid action than what the immigrant rights groups have been demanding.

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