Florida’s congressional delegation began to weigh in Saturday on news from the White House that President Barack Obama will postpone any executive actions on immigration until after the midterm election.
With immigration of vital interest to South Florida, the state’s lawmakers have taken leadership roles in hashing the issue out in Congress. As the McClatchy Washington Bureau reported Saturday, White House was under pressure from vulnerable Senate Democrats who feared a change in immigration law “would energize Republican voters and hurt them at the ballot box in November.”
From Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat: "Correct decision by the president. There's no way anybody was going to listen to an informed debate on immigration while House Republicans are scared of tea party members before the election."
And from Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican from Miami who earlier this summer criticized House Republicans for delaying action on the issue: "The Obama administration has once again misled the Hispanic community. When running for election, President Obama said he would have immigration reform done by the end of his first term, yet we saw no movement from the White House on it throughout those years. As recent as two months ago, President Obama said he would have an executive order by the end of the summer. Today, we learn that nothing will happen until after the midterm elections. It is evident that Democrats only bring up immigration reform when it is politically expedient for them, yet when it could hurt them, they run from it."