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Obama Kills Immigration Reform Before Election

September 7, 2014
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President announcing reform on June 30, 2014.

President announcing reform on June 30, 2014.

President Obama pledged to issue new rules about undocumented people living in the U.S. He said he would do it by the end of the summer.

He now says he will not put out new rules until after the November elections. He said the reason is politics.

Who gains, who loses?

Immigration reformers are the losers. They say they were promised action. They hoped the parents of youngsters with deferrals would be allowed to stay. They wanted more people to be given permits to work.

Republicans are the losers. They were waiting for the president to announce new rules for the undocumented. Then they were going to charge him with going around congress. They threatened to use the budget to close down the government. Some even talked about impeachment.

Some Democrats running for office are the winners. A few states have close senate races. These include Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina. Republican candidates in those states thought a presidential order would bring out more Republican voters. Democrats have only a six vote majority in the senate.

The president was advised to not push for reform now. If Democrats lost control of the senate, many would blame it on the immigration issue. This would hurt any future effort at legislation.

Earlier the president said, “I want to be very clear: My intention is, in the absence of … action by Congress, to do what I can do within the legal constraints of my office. It is the right thing to do for the country”

Today he says he will do it after the November elections.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch September 6, 2014

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