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Obama’s delay on immigration draws fire from both parties

President Obama is delaying any executive action on immigration reform until after the midterm elections in November. While both Republicans and Democrats criticized the decision, the Obama administration renewed its request for $1.2 billion to deal with the influx of unaccompanied immigrant minors from the southern border. Jeffrey Brown reports.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    As the president considers his options for dealing with the Islamic State, he has decided to put off new moves on immigration.

    Jeffrey Brown reports on the political storm that’s created.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    With Congress back from summer vacation, the president drew fire from both sides for delaying executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections in November.

  • SEN. JEFF SESSIONS, (R) Alabama:

    The president now is brazenly reaffirming in even clearer language that he will carry out his amnesty plan, but only after the election in November. This is an attempt to protect his Democratic Senate candidates.

    They shouldn’t talk about it during an election? Well, when should issues be talked about, great issues facing America, if not during the election cycle?

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    The president is also taking heat from members of his own party. Yesterday, Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Illinois sounded a warning on ABC’s “This Week.”

  • REP. LUIS GUTIERREZ, (D) Illinois:

    Playing it safe might win an election. Sometimes, you lose an election playing it safe also. But it almost never leads to fairness, to justice, and to good public policy that you can be proud of.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    Last year, the Democratic-led Senate passed its own comprehensive immigration bill, but it stalled in the Republican-run House. In late June, the president vowed to take executive action by summer’s end.

  • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

    Congress will not do their job, at least we can do ours. I expect their recommendations before the end of summer, and I intend to adopt those recommendations without further delay.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    Then came July and protests over the flood of immigrant children crossing into the U.S. Detention facilities reached full capacity, and when authorities sent the overflow to sites in nearby states, demonstrations broke out.

  • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

    I wanted to make sure that the T’s are crossed and the I’s are dotted.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    Yesterday, in his NBC interview, the president cited that issue in explaining why he’s putting off any immigration announcement.

  • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

    This problem with unaccompanied children that we saw a couple weeks ago, where you had from Central America a surge of kids who are showing up at the border, got a lot of attention. And a lot of Americans started thinking, we have got this immigration crisis on our hands. And what I want to do is, when I take executive action, I want to make sure that it’s sustainable.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    The surge of migrant children has now slowed, but, today, the administration renewed its request for $1.2 billion to deal with the problem.

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