White House strife stalls Obama immigration plans

Politico | August 30, 2014

White House officials are locked in an intense debate over whether President Barack Obama should announce a plan to defer deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants before Election Day — mindful that whichever choice they make could be tagged as the reason that Democrats lost the Senate.

The problem: a lack of consensus, both inside and outside the West Wing, on the political ramifications. With the most endangered Senate Democrats faring better than expected heading into Labor Day, each option carries risks that could shake up the political environment — in essence, creating a September or October surprise.

A major announcement before the election could excite the beleaguered progressive base, particularly in Colorado, where Democratic Sen. Mark Udall is locked in a tight race despite the state’s Democratic leanings.

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Author: UI