Obama – Immigration Action Not Delayed For Political Purposes

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Chuck Todd made his highly-anticipated debut as the new moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday with a sit-down interview with President Obama. The interview touched on a number of important subjects, and Todd was clearly eager to demonstrate to viewers that he would not be a soft-peddle journalist in his new role. The interview was perhaps most enlightening when it came to Obama’s thoughts on immigration, a subject for which he has endured quite a bit of justified criticism over the last year. Todd asked him if he was delaying his idea of “immigration reform” until later in the year to protect Senate Democrats in the midterm elections.

“That’s not the reason,” Obama insisted. “I want to spend some time, even as we’re getting all our ducks in a row for the executive action, I also want to make sure that the public understands why we’re doing this, why it’s the right thing for the American people, why it’s the right thing for the American economy.”

“The right thing” in this instance seems to be an executive action providing either outright amnesty or a “path to citizenship” for the millions of illegal immigrants already in the country. The administration has come under attack for the flood of illegals who came in from Central America over the last 12 months, with many conservatives wondering what this influx would do to our security, our health, our economy, and our culture. For having legitimate concerns about the strength of border security, they were labeled old-fashioned, ignorant, and racist.

Obama may deny that he’s delaying action for purely political reasons, but the truth is obvious. He doesn’t want thousands – if not millions – of deferred deportations to become an easy point of attack for Senate Republican hopefuls. Unfortunately for the Dems, it’s hard to see this kind of cowardly strategy panning out. The Republicans know good and well what his “reform” is going to look like, and they will devise their message to reflect that knowledge. The public isn’t stupid. Anyone interested enough in politics to vote in the midterms will know what Obama plans to do at the end of the year. The subject of amnesty has already been enough to cause at least one election upset this year, and it would not be at all surprising to see it happen again in November.

Obama’s plan to wait may even play right into the hands of the GOP. Now it looks like he’s not only planning to go in a direction millions of Americans find troubling, but he’s going to do it in the sneakiest way possible. He’s going to do it around and about the will of the people. At least if he did it now, he would be able to sit back and say that he exercised some fearless leadership, political consequences be damned. As it stands, Senate nominees will be able to accuse him of not only being misguided but also cowardly.

The results of his executive action on immigration may not be great for the country, but if it gives us a Republican Senate, it might actually be worth it. Get out and vote!