Barack Obama has been promising that he’ll bypass Congress and sign an executive order that will grant amnesty to an estimated seven million illegal aliens, who are currently living and working in the U.S. But after months and months of waiting, Obama still hasn’t taken any executive action on immigration.
I have suggested that Obama has buckled under the pressure coming from vulnerable members in his party running for reelection; they urge that he wait until after the election to grant amnesty. The polls also show that the America public doesn’t want Obama to subvert Congress on immigration, and actually wants him to work with both parties to toward reform.
Now Obama’s new spin is that he’s waiting to take action; and when he does, it will be “more sustainable and more effective if the public understands what the facts are on immigration, what we’ve done on unaccompanied children and why it’s necessary,” Obama said over the weekend. “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 … to make sure that the public understands why we’re doing this.”
Today, CBS senior reporter Major Garrett pushed back on the White House’s new spin. “Executive action, it is sustainable. By definition,” Garrett said today at a White House press briefing. “By definition, until the end of his presidency; he doesn’t even have to worry about Congress. That’s the whole point” of executive action.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest eventually admitted that Obama decided to delay his plan to grant amnesty until after the midterm election, because he thought it might hurt Democrats.
“The president was willing to take a little political heat” for the delay in order to “ensure that the policy that he puts forward is one that can be sustained,” Earnest said.
Earnest also concedes that Obama was worried about the “negative impact” his executive action could have on his allies. The “political environment would be really bad for the issue,” he said.
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