WH promises 'significant' amnesty action later this year


In a meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Thursday, Pres. Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that the Administration will move forward with an executive action that could grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens before the end of the holiday season, according to Politico.com. McDonough told the Members that the action would be "significant" and will occur regardless of the midterm election results.

McDonough also told the Members that if even if the political landscape worsens for the Administration on the issue, Pres. Obama will still move forward with his action.

"The president understands the depth of the broken immigration system that we have and he's bound and determined to make sure that we fix it because it's impacting our economy, it's impacting our job growth and it's a humanitarian issue that's impacting families across the country," McDonough said. "So we're going to fix it and we'll do it before the end of the year."

Last weekend, Pres. Obama announced that he was going to delay the announcement of an executive amnesty until after the midterm elections after pressure from Senate Democrats in competitive races. He had originally promised an announcement prior to the end of summer.

"As I told the chief, I said I for one need constant reassurance," Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), who was in the meeting, said. "I don't want to go down this path come November and then for some other reason, find that the immigrant community and the Latino community get thrown in the heap again."

For more on this story, see Politico.com.

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