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Obama Angers Everyone With Immigration Action Delay

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By    |   Monday, 08 Sep 2014 08:28 AM

President Barack Obama's decision to halt deportations via executive action until after the November midterms has ignited a firestorm of criticism by Republicans, Democrats and immigration reform advocates who accuse him of politicizing the issue and reneging on a promise to some five million undocumented immigrants, according to USA Today.

"Latino community officially thrown under the bus by Obama," Erika Andiola, co-director of the DREAM Action Coalition, posted on Twitter, the newspaper reported.

Over the weekend, Obama announced that he would not go forward with his previously set end-of-summer deadline to take executive action to stop deportations.

On the table, according to The Washington Times, were expanding nondeportation policies to the undocumented parents of "dreamers" — children who came to the U.S. illegally as minors but were granted tentative status in 2012 — as well as people whose children are legal U.S. citizens.

Some 60,000 people stand to be deported by Election Day if the government keeps pace with current deportation numbers, according to the Times.

"Tens of thousands of human beings are likely to be separated from their families between now and the election," said National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner told NBC News that Obama's "possibly unconstitutional action … smacks of raw politics."

Boehner and a host of other Republicans have argued that Obama may be breaking the law by resorting to executive action to alter the immigration policy.

Those who pushed for the president to take action feel betrayed, USA Today reports.

"He reneged on his own commitment in June to do what is right, and instead chose what is expedient, betraying the trust of some of the most vulnerable among us," said Rep. Raúl Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat.

And House Majority Whip Steve Scalise characterized the president's decision as "a blatant admission that this is not just the wrong policy for the president's liberal friends, but for the American people," according to NBC News.

Fox News reported that Obama made the decision to delay action after weighing "competing pressures" from those in his party. One camp pushed for immediate action, while the other — concerned about the vulnerability of Senate democrats seeking re-election in November — felt the political risk to the party was too great.

On NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Obama acknowledged that the surge of illegal immigrants at the border over the summer complicated his plans, saying he needs to get his "ducks in a row" before changing the policy.

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"It's going to 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.


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