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Obama to delay immigration action

4 years 10 months 1 week ago Saturday, September 06 2014 Sep 6, 2014 September 06, 2014 10:57 AM September 06, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - White House officials say President Barack Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November congressional elections.

The officials say Obama believes taking steps on his own during the midterm campaign would politicize the issue and hurt future efforts to pass a broad overhaul.

The officials say Obama believes he has the power to authorize certain measures to ease deportations without congressional legislation. And they say he still will act before the end of the year.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the president's decision before it was announced.

Obama faces competing pressures from immigration advocacy groups and from Democrats worried that taking steps now would energize Republican opposition against vulnerable Senate Democrats.

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