Obama tries to keep amnesty off 2014 ballot

Obama tries to keep amnesty off 2014 ballot

President Barack Obama delayed his planned unilateral amnesty until after the election to prevent GOP legislators or the media from recognizing it as an election-winner for the GOP, according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

“Had the president moved forward with his announcement prior to election day, you would have seen Republican candidates do more to make the immigration issue central to their campaign, and in the event they were successful in their campaign, the concern would be that they would cite their opposition to immigration reform as a reason for their success,” Earnest told reporters Oct. 8.

“It is important to protect the political viability of an issue that the president thinks is a top domestic priority, and that’s immigration reform,” Earnest said.

“That is an unusual moment of candor,” said one Hill aide, who opposes Obama’s planned rollback of immigration enforcement for several million illegals.

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