On the campaign trail: Obama delays immigration action until after election

President Barack Obama announced over the weekend that he will not issue an executive order on immigration until after the November elections, thus making even more people angry.

Republicans and conservatives had already been criticizing Obama for indicating he would act “by the end of summer” to sign an order slowing down or stopping the deportation of some undocumented immigrants.

But the president’s decision to delay the action for at least two more months also angered Latinos and immigration activists who had been anticipating the executive order.

“Despite President Obama’s promise on June 30 that he would act on his own at the end of the summer because of the lack of leadership and inaction in the U.S. House of Representatives, the president has chosen to break yet another promise to the Latino and immigrant communities,” said Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of GALEO (Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials).

“This presidential delay means that more innocent people will be deported and more families separated,” said Jorge Ramos, the Fusion news anchor. “It’s the triumph of partisan politics.”

Obama disclosed his intention to delay on Sunday, saying that the recent media coverage of immigrant children trying to cross the U.S. border into Texas had influenced the decision.

“It’s going to be more sustainable and more effective if the public understands what the facts are on immigration, what we’ve done on— on unaccompanied children, and why it’s necessary,” Obama said in an interview with Chuck Todd, the new host of Meet the Press.

Obama’s decision to delay also drew angry responses from Republicans who had already criticized the impending executive action.

“President Obama’s decision to delay executive action on amnesty until after election day is purely political in order to protect Senate Democrats and his hand-picked candidates like Michelle Nunn,” said David Perdue, the GOP nominee in Georgia’s Senate race.

“Make no mistake, the president still intends to act unilaterally and grant amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants instead of working with Congress to secure our borders and enforce current laws,” Perdue said.

Georgia Equality endorsements

Georgia Equality, which supports the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, has given its endorsement to Jason Carter and several other Democrats running for statewide office.

“It is not implied that candidates who did not receive an endorsement are anti-LGBT, but that those who were endorsed are in the best position to advance LGBT issues in the offices they seek,” the organization said on its website.

In addition to backing Carter in the governor’s race, Georgia Equality has endorsed Valerie Wilson (state school superintendent), Connie Stokes (lieutenant governor), Doreen Carter (secretary of state), Greg Hecht (attorney general), Liz Johnson (insurance commissioner), and Robbin Shipp (labor commissioner).

In state Senate races, the organization endorsed Tim Swiney (District 9), Sen. Horacena Tate (District 38), and Sen. Vincent Fort (District 39).

House candidates Erica Thomas (District 39), Erick Allen (District 40), Bob Gibeling (District 54), Amreeta Regmi (District 95) and Kaye Shipley (District 110) received Georgia Equality’s backing, as did Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves.

Roberts gets a Bliss-ful campaign director

Republican operative Corry Bliss, who was last seen running Karen Handel’s Senate campaign earlier this year, has turned up in Kansas to take over the day-to-day operation of Sen. Pat Roberts’ sluggish reelection campaign.

Roberts, who is in a tight race for another term in one of the country’s reddest states, has seen the national Republican Party dispatch a team to Kansas to help bolster his campaign.

In addition to Handel, who finished third in the Senate Republican primary, Bliss has worked for Linda McMahon (who lost the 2012 Connecticut Senate race to Democrat Chris Murphy) and Brian Dubie (who lost a close race to Democrat Peter Shumlin in Vermont’s 2010 election for governor).

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