A Republican Moment on Immigration

Obama's retreat on immigration gives Republicans an opening to fix the system and court Latino voters. 
A huge misstep.

Immigration reform has never been a priority for President Barack Obama. In 2008, he promised to push comprehensive legislation during his first year as president. He didn't, despite having a Democratic-controlled Congress in 2009 and 2010. This year, rather than working with pro-reform Republicans such as Representatives Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan on bipartisan, permanent changes, he said he would act unilaterally on immigration by the end of the summer. It should now come as no surprise that the president decided to delay this executive action until after the midterm elections in November.

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