Breaking: Obama to delay immigration action until voters can’t punish Democrats for it

posted at 10:03 am on September 6, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Is this really “breaking news” if it was sadly predictable all along? The AP thought so:

They lead the actual story by emphasizing that Barack Obama broke a promise by kicking this can down the road:

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.

Ahem. The issue of politicization comes primarily from circumventing Congress, not just the timing of it. However, this makes the entire project look a lot more political now. If it’s the right thing to do, why hasn’t Obama done it already? Isn’t that what “leadership” is supposed to be about? Why would it be the wrong thing to do in early September but the right thing to do in late November?

As far as worrying about the damage it will do to “pass[ing] a broad overhaul,” that’s an argument for not issuing unilateral decrees at all. Does anyone believe that Congress will take the short period of time between now and the election to pass a massive comprehensive-immigration bill? They’ll be lucky to pass a continuing resolution that will take the federal budget to December in that time frame. After the election, attention will return to the rest of the FY2015 budget. Any movement on immigration would have to wait until the next session of Congress, and everyone knows it.

This is nothing more than a head fake to keep voters from punishing Democrats for Obama’s attempts to abuse the separation-of-powers structure in American government. Republican candidates should use this transparently pusillanimous maneuver to put their Democratic opponents on the spot, and remind voters that Obama’s just waiting until after the election to steamroll Congress. Why not elect a Republican Senate to tighten the check on Obama’s exercise of power in light of this head-fake attempt?

Addendum: By the way, what does this say about the polling for Obama’s EO project? Supposedly, this would have elevated Obama with Hispanic voters and his progressive base. The sudden move away from it before the election strongly suggests that those gains would be outstripped by the damage it would do elsewhere. Perhaps, say, among union voters, blue-collar workers, and independents?

Update: Ed O’Keefe confirms that the White House has begun to inform Congressional leaders of this decision:

And John Nolte expands on my point on GOP strategy:

It’s a sword of Damocles hanging over Democratic candidates now.

Update: And there’s also this, from USA Today’s Susan Page:

Except …

Yeah, I think people are onto that strategy in this administration.


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Resist We Much on September 6, 2014 at 11:50 AM

No more so than H2O is part of the ocean.

VorDaj on September 6, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Skywise on September 6, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Indeed. Definitely plausible.

diogenes on September 6, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Does anyone else see the irony in Obama not taking a leadership role as Commander in Chief, which is delegated to him under the Constitution, but is happy to unilaterally make laws such as amnesty for millions, making laws which is delegated not to him but to the Congress under the Constitution?

/scratching head over the whole thing

LashRambo on September 6, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Obama is the bizarro President. Whatever the U.S. President is supposed to do, he does the opposite. Does nothing as a world leader, but bypasses Congress to make laws (“amnesty”) unilaterally.

LashRambo on September 6, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Poor Ned left to defend this joke of a President. Poor baby.

“breaking”.

corona79 on September 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

You’re not too bright are ya?

CW on September 6, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Latino groups on Saturday promised they would “not soon forget” President Obama’s move to delay any executive action on the border crisis until after the midterm elections.

A White House official said Obama decided to postpone acting on immigration until after November because of the tremulous political season and “Republican’s extreme politicization of the issue.”

But immigrant rights and Latino advocacy groups were quick to place blame on Obama and Democrats after hearing the news.

“To wait nine more weeks means that I must again look my mother in the eye and see the fear she has about living under the threat of deportation every day,” said Cristina Jimenez, director of United We Dream, an advocacy group.

“But Dreamers will not soon forget the president and Democrats’s latest failure and their attempts to fool the Latino community, and we remain resolute in fighting for justice for our families,” Jimenez added.

Vote against your D-rat lords. They truly hate you, Latinos.

Schadenfreude on September 6, 2014 at 2:41 PM

It’s almost as if Obama hates our Constitution, our institutions, our laws, our freedoms, even our way of life.

LashRambo on September 6, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Obama doesn’t want to be part of the U.S. government. He wants to be a dictator!

LashRambo on September 6, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Bump – this matters a lot. Work harder, taxpayers.

And of course that is just what is reported officially. Doesn’t count the several millions who are paid ‘under the table’.

LegendHasIt on September 6, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Schadenfreude on September 6, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Our Father, which art in heaven the WH,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread EBT cards.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation legal minutiae,
But deliver us from evil TEA gabbers.
For thine mine is the kingdom,

The power, and the glory,

For ever and ever.

Amen.

Schadenfreude on September 6, 2014 at 2:49 PM

I am beginning to not like this Obama fellow.

307wolverine on September 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Ned Pepper on September 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM
Another mindless kool-aid drinker! I bet you wear a bib to keep the drool off your food encrusted shirt! You Ned, are an absolute threat to our country with your foolish, brainless voting without the ability to discern reality! I hate fools like you! You don’t deserve to be an American. You would be happier living in Venenzuela. I would be happier if You were there.

Bakokitty on September 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM

What I don’t understand is the absolute silence of the green card holders and naturalized citizens who had to wait their turn to immigrate and follow the laws to be in this country. I had a green card from age six to 15, as did my mom, she had to have a sponsor, not get any Govt. assistance, take and pass test on the American governance, and be able to speak and write in English.( she was from England so language not the issue there). We became American citizens the Legalway.
These people need to speak up and rally against this illegal amnesty being foisted on Americans!
I say go get your damn green card pendeho!

Bakokitty on September 6, 2014 at 3:13 PM

If I were running against Pryor, Landrieu, Hagan, or even Udall, I would remind voters Obama is going to do it after the election and only delayed it to fool them into reelecting his lapdogs.

Over and over again.

Adjoran on September 6, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Si, se peudo!

Adjoran on September 6, 2014 at 3:16 PM

But…but…but… I thought Obama was supposed to be our first “Post-Partisan” POTUS?

The man is a FRAUD!

Pelosi Schmelosi on September 6, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Seems sort of like this.

I am King Obama and I have been pissing on you little peoples heads so much my bladder is sort of empty.

I need a few months to save up a real good stinky old smelly piss and unload on you big time after the Nov. votes.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 6, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Or he is just acting on Williams Ayers advise as always it has been.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 6, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Keep in mind the RINO’s want he and the Democrats to take most of the blame.

The greed is strong in D.C..

The evil is so thick you need a chain saw to cut it.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM

I just think Obama wants a legislative vs executive war this would also trigger a constitutional crises . The legislative branch must assert the power of the purse he can only do this because they are funding parts of the government that allow him to do such actions you strip the funds of certain parts like the enforcement branch of the DHS and he will be neutered a lame, lame duck. But we need to leadership in order to enforce these brutal tactics to demoralize this pen and phoney chief into resigning.

sorrowen on September 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Traitor in the whitehouse….

Congress wont do anything…….

Looks like a good setup for a civil war.

TX-96 on September 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM

For all we know BO could be lying about holding off on amnesty and just waiting until the Right moves on to something else. Then he could jump on an executive action telling the public “how he just had to protect the rights of these unofficial citizens.”

katiejane on September 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/387295/inevitable-delay-lawless-amnesty-announced-mark-krikorian

The first commenter at the link asks how Obysmal can square the circle in re Article I, Section 8, which deliniates Congress’s role.

onlineanalyst on September 6, 2014 at 4:23 PM

My personal view is they should assume Obama is going to do the wrong thing and that, if he still has the Senate, nothing will be done about it, and send a message, that’s not the way it’s supposed to work. Of course, to get that message out, you’d need a little press support, which isn’t likely to happen since this press corps is in the President’s hip pocket, but it’s worth the effort.

bflat879 on September 6, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Mas B said illegal immigrants shouldn’t have to look over their shoulders all the time like them no good baggers. And with help from his flying monkeys, the establishment Republicans, he’ll have them swinging by a tree right after midterms.

onomo on September 6, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Our Congress has acquiesced their power. We have a out of control dictator in the white house and the GOP keeps giving him unlimited funds to destroy the country. The people keep voting for the same traitors in Congress year after year. Minnesota is about to re-elect Al F___ing Franken for six more years.

We will never recover from the damage that we’ve done to ourselves. We have the government we deserve.

cajunpatriot on September 6, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Texas Border Rancher ” Cartels Are Taking Over Open US Border, Politicians Are Lying”

Texas border rancher Cuban “Rusty” Monsees describes to Oathkeepers how Mexican drug cartels are taking over Texas border ranches. Monsees says the cartels are using death threats, assault, and attempted murder to drive ranchers and their families off of their land.

Rancher Monsees says there are trails all over the place down by the border.

“We get kids. We get adults. The cartel is bringing across, importing people from as far away as the Mediterranean. I’ve talked to agents and they picked up some characters from Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Syria… anything that you can think of these agents are having to deal with.”

Rusty says politicians are are lying to the American public about the situation. Rancher Monsees says the border is wide open.

thatsafactjack on September 6, 2014 at 5:04 PM

A lot of us conservatives find ourselves in a quandary for this next election.

In the short term, we certainly want the few conservatives in Congress to have more power, and to do that we have to elect Republicans.

In the longer view, however, we’d be better off getting rid of some of these RHINO’s in the Senate who just barely managed to beat back their primary challengers. Do we really want to keep these old geezers around, guys you’ve never heard of before except during election season, who couldn’t care less about you and I but just want to continue on with their job in the Senate?

It’s tough to take the long view though, because it means Democrats keeping power in the Senate. It also means the media mocking the Tea Party and making it seem like Republicans lost because they were too conservative, when the truth is, they weren’t conservative enough.

Baggi on September 6, 2014 at 5:18 PM

So, does this mean the Republicans can’t run on this?

Of course they can…but that takes a little work and arranging ads to run

We are light years behind the Democrats in that department and many others too. Sheesh

Redford on September 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Today, the President issued an executive order extending summer to the day after the midterm elections. In that way, he can keep his promise regarding Immigration. It would be funny if it weren’t so serious. This is the worst admistration of my life including Jimmy Carter and he was pretty bad. To all of you that would rather let the Republicans lose the Senate because of the so called Rhinos, think again. This President must be sent a clear and convincing message on Nov.4th.. Otherwise, we will get more executive orders for the next two years on a whole myriad of issues. On the other hand, if the Republicans take over the Senate, I doubt the Democrats up for re-election in 2016 will want to defend such actions. We have a President out of control. The constitution provides a check and balance and everyone of the Republicans in the Senate today are better than everyone of the Democrats.

jake22 on September 6, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Ned Pepper on September 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM
Another mindless kool-aid drinker! I bet you wear a bib to keep the drool off your food encrusted shirt! You Ned, are an absolute threat to our country with your foolish, brainless voting without the ability to discern reality! I hate fools like you! You don’t deserve to be an American. You would be happier living in Venenzuela. I would be happier if You were there.

Bakokitty on September 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM

He’s so mindless, half the time he doesn’t even make his own comments; he just copypastas from dKos.

One of his favorites: (I kid-you-not) MinistryofTruth. I think he might be that poster there – they sound the same from their writing (of course). Real name is Jesse LaGreca.

Buck Farky on September 6, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Jesse LaGreca, the Occupy nitwit?

stvnscott on September 6, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Back during the Cuban missile crisis, then Sec’y of State, Dean Rusk, reportedly told JFK, when it became clear that Nikita Khrushchev and the Soviets had backed down in the face of the missile blockade:

“You went eyeball to eyeball & the other fellow just blinked!”

So, I suppose the question will now become, who in the current Administration will ask Obama, with regard to this amnesty delay:

“Dude, have you got something in both your eyes?

Of course, no one would dare! But just blinked big-time!

Obama had put himself politically between a rock and a hard place with this commitment to undertake a blatantly unconstitutional action, and so he finally blinked. He had to! Upwards of 2/3rds of Americans opposed the idea of him taking unilateral action.

But cowardice never sits well with supporters. So, the explanation for his base — that the delay was only tactical and temporary — is intended to try to convince them that he only winked.

I don’t think they’ll buy it. He’ll lose some of the enthusiasm of his base for this, and it will still negatively affect the election for Democrats.

Serious legal and constitutional questions are still very much out there and utterly unresolved on the issue. And neither he nor anyone else has made any serious effort (e.g., via trial balloon) to explain on what possible basis he could justify taking such an extraordinary action.

Trochilus on September 6, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Trochilus on September 6, 2014 at 6:07 PM He can’t executive action got us in this mess in the first place yet somehow Obama says he will fix it with executive action??

sorrowen on September 6, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Vote against your D-rat lords. They truly hate you, Latinos.

Schadenfreude on September 6, 2014 at 2:41 PM

That got a laugh, You ought to print tee shirts.

V7_Sport on September 6, 2014 at 7:06 PM

A lot of us conservatives find ourselves in a quandary for this next election.

In the short term, we certainly want the few conservatives in Congress to have more power, and to do that we have to elect Republicans.

In the longer view, however, we’d be better off getting rid of some of these RHINO’s in the Senate who just barely managed to beat back their primary challengers. Do we really want to keep these old geezers around, guys you’ve never heard of before except during election season, who couldn’t care less about you and I but just want to continue on with their job in the Senate?

It’s tough to take the long view though, because it means Democrats keeping power in the Senate. It also means the media mocking the Tea Party and making it seem like Republicans lost because they were too conservative, when the truth is, they weren’t conservative enough.

Baggi on September 6, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Is that you, moby?

davidk on September 6, 2014 at 7:10 PM

A lot of us conservatives find ourselves in a quandary for this next election.

In the short term, we certainly want the few conservatives in Congress to have more power, and to do that we have to elect Republicans.

In the longer view, however, we’d be better off getting rid of some of these RHINO’s in the Senate who just barely managed to beat back their primary challengers. Do we really want to keep these old geezers around, guys you’ve never heard of before except during election season, who couldn’t care less about you and I but just want to continue on with their job in the Senate?

It’s tough to take the long view though, because it means Democrats keeping power in the Senate. It also means the media mocking the Tea Party and making it seem like Republicans lost because they were too conservative, when the truth is, they weren’t conservative enough.

Baggi on September 6, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Is that you, moby?

davidk on September 6, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Yup, it’s the bald hack from the west village out to elect the democrats. He’s got a lot of time on his hands now that folks have caught on that his music sucks, so he trolls the rubes, suckers and dupes and gets them to elect socialists because of their supposed conservative principles.
You suck Moby. You really suck.

V7_Sport on September 6, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Jesse LaGreca, the Occupy nitwit?

stvnscott on September 6, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Yeah, him.

Interesting: Minitrue hasn’t posted at dKos since August 12th.

Buck Farky on September 6, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Obama knows how to win elections via cheating and lying.

sohumm on September 6, 2014 at 8:28 PM

British Imam, Anjem Choudary, Admits Terrorism Is “Part Of Islam”

Resist We Much on September 6, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Not exactly. Conquest is part of Islam but it hasn’t been able to challenge the West, militarily, for over 100 years now. Terrorism is but one indirect strategy they’ve had to adopt to over come this disparity.

DFCtomm on September 6, 2014 at 8:32 PM

What I don’t understand is the absolute silence of the green card holders and naturalized citizens who had to wait their turn to immigrate and follow the laws to be in this country. I had a green card from age six to 15, as did my mom, she had to have a sponsor, not get any Govt. assistance, take and pass test on the American governance, and be able to speak and write in English.( she was from England so language not the issue there). We became American citizens the Legalway.
These people need to speak up and rally against this illegal amnesty being foisted on Americans!
I say go get your damn green card pendeho!

Bakokitty on September 6, 2014 at 3:13 PM

For the majority of the world voting is about support of ones tribe. Why do you think Democracies fail miserably in so many places?

DFCtomm on September 6, 2014 at 8:37 PM

After the election, regardless of the results, Obama is going to get out his pen and make these executive decisions, daring Congress to stop him. He will get even with America and push his agenda, his liberal “Utopia.”

Decoski on September 6, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Since Bozo isn’t enforcing our immigration laws and will soon be using his pen, can’t a citizen who is a victim of a crime perpetrated by an illegal sue the administration? It seems that one would have standing seeing as though the crime could have been prevented had the laws been enforced, etc.

txag92 on September 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

If Obummer has no power to grant legal status.. then regardless of what he says or writes with his little pen.. they are not legal just because he says so. The GOP needs to make that clear.

If a prez breaks the law and makes illegal edicts.. they are still illegal edicts regardless of what the prez says.. and people can have parades and shout and dance all day long.. but it’s still illegal. Unlawful acts do not become law by shouts of victory, dances and parades. And at some future time any other Prez can correct the illegal edicts by restoring the law. And then those people.. who thought they were now legal… shazaam… are now illegal again. Because they never were legal in the first place.

JellyToast on September 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM

When the White House puts out a big news story on a Saturday morning, they don’t really want you to notice.

This is another one of Obama’s “Don’t bluff me…” moments. He was counting on Est. Republicans with the Chamber of Commerce behind them to push through amnesty before the election.

And Obama folded… for now. Whatever happens now will happen in a lame-duck session. The question is, will the country be paying enough attention after the election to stop further congressional action on amnesty.

If Obama goes full executive order, that’s a whole other ballgame, which could upend Hillary Clinton’s, or any other Democrat who is the nominee, chances in 2016.

Eastwood Ravine on September 7, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Speaking of naturalized Americans, both of my children are naturalized former Russian orphans. They are 19 and 17. Our oldest can’t wait to get to the polls to vote this year and our youngest is lamenting the fact that he will miss the deadline by only 24 days this year. Both of them plus my husband, my sister (who adopted a child from Guatemala legally), her whole extended family and I are outraged by Obummer’s possible legalization of so many illegal aliens.

sherrimae on September 7, 2014 at 1:18 AM

So, since they’ve told us in so many words what they intend to do, let’s pre-punish them for it by voting overwhelmingly for the most conservative candidates available – which will rarely have a “D” following their names.

Another Drew on September 7, 2014 at 1:30 AM

Obama is a demographic terrorist.

profitsbeard on September 7, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Was Carter really worse than Clinton or was it that Clinton was just more adept at pushing the effects of his disastrous policies into after the next news cycle, or after the next election cycle, or to the next decade?

ReardenSteel on September 7, 2014 at 10:14 AM

“I should’ve anticipated the optics,” Obama said in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” set to air Sunday.

“Part of this job is also the theater of it,” Obama said, adding that “it’s not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters.”…


What an embarrassing cretin

Schadenfreude on September 7, 2014 at 2:22 PM