Saturday, September 6, 2014

Obama to reportedly delay any executive action on immigration until after elections

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.

Ultimately, the advisers drew a lesson from 1994 when Democratic losses were blamed on votes for gun control legislation, undermining any interest in passing future gun measures.

White House officials said aides realized that if Obama's immigration action was deemed responsible for Democratic losses this year, it could hurt any attempt to pass a broad overhaul later on.

Partisan fighting erupted recently over how to address the increased flow of unaccompanied minors from Central America at the U.S. border with Mexico. The officials said the White House had not envisioned such a battle when Obama made his pledge June 30.

Obama asked for $3.7 billion to address the border crisis. The Republican-controlled House, however, passed a measure that only gave Obama a fraction of what he sought and made it easier to deport the young migrants arriving at the border, a provision opposed by Democrats and immigration advocates. In the end, Congress adjourned without a final bill.

The number of minors caught alone illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States has been declining since June. That decrease and Congress' absence from Washington during August has taken attention away from the border for now.

Still, the dispute over how to deal with the surge of Central American border crossers threatened to spill over into the larger debate over immigration and the fate of 11 million immigrants in the United States who either entered illegally or overstayed their visas and have been in the U.S. for some time.

The Democratic-led Senate last year passed a broad overhaul of immigration that boosted border security, increased visas for legal immigrants and a provided a path to citizenship for immigrants illegally in the country.

But the Republican-controlled House balked at acting on any broad measure and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, informed Obama earlier this year that the House would not act in 2014. That led Obama to declare he would act on his own.

During a news conference Friday in Wales, Obama reiterated his determination to act on his own even as he avoided making a commitment on timing. He also spelled out ambitious objectives for his executive actions.

Obama said that without legislation from Congress, he would take steps to increase border security, upgrade the processing of border crossers and encourage legal immigration. He also said he would offer immigrants who have been illegally in the United States for some time a way to become legal residents, pay taxes, pay a fine and learn English.

"I want to be very clear: My intention is, in the absence of ... action by Congress, I'm going to do what I can do within the legal constraints of my office, because it's the right thing to do for the country," he said.

The extent of Obama's authority is a matter of debate among legal experts and in Congress. Some Democrats say it would be best for Obama to let Congress act.

But pro-immigrant groups called on Obama to stick to his end-of-summer deadline, and weighed in with a strongly worded appeal to him on Friday.

"Being a leader requires making difficult and courageous decisions," said the letter, whose signers included the National Council of La Raza and the League of United Latin American Citizens. "It is your time to lead, Mr. President."


  1. It's already been politicized! Obama can't stop that by this delay. I think this is the issue in which Obama should be impeached. The libs are angry because Obama has NO balls.

    The other things like Benghzi should be the nail in HIS coffin.

    It's interesting that on the Brett Bayer program some individuals in recue team were told to STAND DOWN by Bob - who worked with the CIA. WHERE did BOB get the STAND DOWN order.

    We know the answer to that, don't we Diane? HA HA.

  2. You know what is nice about this blog? It shows Obama as the monster he actually is! I look at some of the links that Drudge provides, but MANY of the links are pro-Obama and do their damned best to show him in a positive light; but not here, he is exposed as the bastard is really is.

    I don't think our republican leadership is doing enough to contain Obama. If he really does go through with this executive order catastrophe of illegal immigration, we should KICK his GOD DAMNED ASS out the door at that point.

    Actually, his intentions are CRYSTAL clear:

    He wants to destroy America by deluging it with fucking ILLEGAL foreigners! The bastard won’t allow those who came here legally a chance to settle in, but instead takes their jobs and the jobs of Americans away and gives them to the illegals. You might ask how that is: by doing NOTHING! All that half breed bastard has to do is sit on his god damned ass and putt a golf ball!

    One in three California children DOES NOT SPEAK ENGLISH! Does anybody ever ask that stupid bastard how this is good for OUR people and OUR nation? The media sits on its communist ass and gives its communist leader a pass on the hard questions. They might ask him how the first dog is doing, or maybe what Michelle is gardening nowadays, but never a question like: do you uphold the Constitution? Why are you trying to destroy America? Why are we weaker since YOU took over?

    Obama is a stupid prick and I hate his half breed guts!

  3. With the turmoil happening in Ferguson, Missouri, I wonder why president o-dumb-as-shit Obama didn’t send his attorney general to investigate this incident:

    This shit happens ALL of t he time! Black on white crime!

    I will explain why there was no call for an investigation: the people were white and the culprits were n_ggers! The lowest form of life on the planet, and we are FORCED to cohabit with them by the federal government.

    Now the federal government (Obama) wants to inundate our country with Central Americans. Why you might ask? He hates white people!

    People like Al Sharpton can go through the front door of the White House and speak to the president; do you think a white couple like those brutalized by this gang of n_ggers could do the same? Sharpton hates white people just like Obama! He tried to destroy some white police officers using a lying whore named Tawana Brawley, but the evidence showed that the whore was lying.

    Here is the really sad thing, there are many good decent black Americans, but the bad ones have given the good ones a bad name. Generally speaking, blacks are NO good! When they come into your neighborhood, crime will go up, test scores will go down, and property values will go down. Their bad behaviors are mirrored in Africa where lawlessness reigns.

    Of course…this is MY opinion and does not reflect the thoughts of the web master. She can believe whatever she wants…it is a free world! However, I believe everyone can see there is a problem here Houston with the BLACK community.

    Shits like those shown in the link should be shot dead on the spot!

  4. Hey…I thought this one was one to share as well! NOW I understand why blacks rape white women and kill white people in droves: it is financially productive for them!

    Four n_ggers and a Hispanic beat and raped a woman in Central Park and was given 40 million for doing it! Oh…thank you liberal establishment. We got to love your downtrodden apes!

    Mark my word…the feds will somehow punish the police officer in Ferguson, Missouri and the parents of that silverback will walk away millionaires like that ittle shit down in Florida named Trayvon’s parents did!

    DO white people who READ the news now understand why many WHITES do not really like blacks that much? Yes...the libtards hate whites and loves their blacks.