- Obama doesn't act on Immigration
- September 15, 2014
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
President Barack Obama had promised he would take executive action on immigration when Congress returned from the August recess. However, the President reversed course and announced he wouldn't take any executive action until after the November midterms.
Immigration reform advocates expressed disappointment with the President's decision and accused him of playing politics. Red state Senate Democrats at risk of losing their seats in the November elections pressed the White House to hold off any executive order.
Immigration advocates had been expecting the White House to ease deportations of undocumented immigrants, while wary Senate Democrats were concerned that any executive action by the President could cause them to lose control of the upper chamber in November.
The Senate last year passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would have provided a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. but that bill went nowhere in the Republican controlled House.
In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," President Obama said he would still take executive action but would work to build public support before doing so.