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Why Yes, Obama Delayed Immigration Action Because of the Election

Oct. 9, 2014

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has a confession: The White House is playing politics with immigration. “The fact is – or I guess, the concern is – that had the president moved forward with his [plan] prior to Election Day, you would have seen Republican candidates do more to make the immigration issue central to their campaign,” Earnest said. “And in the event that they were successful in their campaign, the concern would be that they would cite their opposition to immigration reform as a reason for their success. That is not a storyline that the president, or that anybody here, wanted to contribute to.” Not that this delay has stopped Obama from making a promise to do something a central part of his own campaign, but Democrats don’t want voters making informed decisions based on actions taken by the president.

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