By David Bacon, Equal Times
September 17, 2014
US President Barack Obama recently announced that he will not take any action to suspend the deportation of undocumented migrants until after the November election.
On 6 September 2014, a White House official told the New York Times: “Because of the Republicans’ extreme politicization of this issue, the President believes it would be harmful to the policy itself and to the long-term prospects for comprehensive immigration reform to announce administrative action before the elections.”
The President has been under pressure from Latino and Asian communities as well as unions to stop the wave of deportations that have totalled more than two million people during his administration, or about 400,000 per year.
He has made repeated promises to provide provisional legal status to some portion of the 11 million people living undocumented in the US.
The latest was a promise this spring that he would act on his own if Congress didn’t pass immigration reform legislation by the end of the summer.
Pressure from conservative Democrats campaigning against right-wing Republicans convinced him to abandon that pledge.[...]
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