WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama Administration announced in September that it will not propose sweeping administrative changes to the country’s immigration policies before the mid-term elections November 4.
In late July, President Obama vowed to take steps by executive order to implement measures for immigration reform that Congress had been unable to move forward. The White House had hinted that their administrative recommendations would be revealed before Labor Day (See July e-News.)
Congress left Washington at the end of July after House Republicans failed to muster enough votes within their caucus for a bill pushed by Republican leaders to address the tens of thousands of children from Central America crossing the southern U.S. border.
The announcement of the administrative measures was delayed until after Labor Day and then postponed until after the mid-term elections. Although the President denied it, many thought the delay was due to White House concern over the political blowback from such administrative measures that could affect close Senate races in several key states.