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Obama will use executive amnesty authority Landrieu voted to grant

Today President Obama will likely announce his plan to bypass Congress and grant his executive amnesty after the election so voters can’t hold Democrats who voted to fund it like Mary Landrieu accountable.

Mary Landrieu is trying to have it both ways. Even though she voted to authorize the President to take executive action, she then flip flopped to say she was against it. She knows that it is wildly unpopular in Louisana – and for good reason. Louisiana taxpayers are on the hook for almost$7 million in costs just to educate undocumented immigrant children. But once her election season is over, Landrieu is sure to revert back to her reliable ways as a rubber stamp for President Obama’s agenda – including on immigration. 

·         The Washington Post: Growing Evidence That Obama’s Decision To Wait On Immigration Is Hurting Democrats 

Source: Obama Speech Will Emphasize To Latinos That Immigration Action Is Coming

A source tells BuzzFeed News a much-anticipated speech at the Congressional Hispanic Institute Gala by the president will tell Latinos to wait 40 more days until after the election on long-awaited executive actions on immigration.


Adrian Carrasquillo

October 1, 2014 

President Obama will reaffirm his promise of administrative actions to slow record-deportations before the end of the year during a high-profile speech to Latinos and Hispanic officials on Thursday, BuzzFeed News has learned.

His speech at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) gala — his first there since 2011 — comes as activists have expressed anger and frustration over repeated delays on executive actions.

Obama will tell Latinos in attendance that he understands their frustration but will also call on them to stick with him and wait 40 more days, until after the election, according to a source who viewed the president’s prepared remarks.

According to a White House official, the President will use the speech to reiterate his commitment to expanding opportunities for all hardworking Americans including Hispanics and will highlight efforts by the administration that have led to significant, measurable progress in the Latino community.

Cecilia Muñoz, director of the White House domestic policy council, and a key administration figure on immigration, is also expected to attend the CHCI public policy conference on Wednesday; she is expected to convey that administration officials are sorry about the delay but will seek to correct course with the eventual actions.

A separate source said the White House asked CHCI to share the stories of students who have benefited from Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — which gave legal status and work visas to undocumented youth brought the country as children — for Obama to include in his speech. But, for unclear reasons, the exchange never happened and the stories will likely not be told by the president.

The request by the administration would make sense: Obama has been on the receiving end of criticism from immigration activists throughout 2014, who have asked him to go big with some combination of expanding deferred action and using prosecutorial discretion to change enforcement priorities.

In fact, protesters from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, who argue the delay of the executive actions means thousands of deportations, will be outside the president’s speech.

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