Obama Puts Immigration Reform on Hold

The Hispanic community reacts to the president's plan to delay executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections.
3:43 | 09/07/14

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There is anger this morning in the hispanic community over a decision made by president Obama. He had promised to take action soon on immigration reform. Now he's saying he'll wait until after the elections in November. Jim Avila is on the story. Reporter: A six-year string of promises to reform immigration delayed again. The white house confirming the latest promise made in June in the rose garden for the president to act on his own no longer in play. Today, I'm beginning a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own. Without congress. Reporter: A vow reaffirmed as late as last Friday in Wales. In the absence of action by congress, I'm going to do what I can do within the legal constraints of my office 37 I'll be making an announcement soon. Reporter: Soon is now after the November elections, way past the summer deadline promised. And hispanic voters, so important for the president's two elections, are feeling betrayed again. This very clearly tells us that both democrats and the president are playing politics and picking their interests first over immigrant families. That have been waiting for the president to act. Reporter: The gop, which warned the president against acting alone, now criticizing him for the delay. In the end, the white house risking what it hopes is temporary anger of an ally -- to avoid inciting the gop base by acting alone on a hot-button issue. For "Good morning America," Jim Avila, ABC news, Los Angeles. It's a hot issue as Jim said. Let's bring in George stephanopoulos, good morning. Good morning. Is this move a broken promise, smart politics, or both? Might be both. The president really had no choice. He was getting so much pressure on senate democrats. He was being told, if you do this before the election, we'll lose the senate. If the president does go forward after the election, all the fences will be mended. But there's the real question. The president and the white house now saying they're committed to moving forward after the election. If the democrats lose the senate any way, after this, will the president be more constrained? Will he be able to do the dramatic executive action that Latinos are calling for. A big open question. We're hearing from our chief correspondent, Jon Karl, that the president is planning major speech this week on his strategy to take on Isis. Does he have a strategy? The president made progress in Europe this week, lining up our Alice to join him in the strategy to take on Isis not only in Iraq but probably Syria. Even saying you probably need air strikes in Syria as well. The president is not ready to anuns that yet. One of the other questions there though is going to be, does he need to come to congress in order the get authority to expand the war into Syria? Many republicans calling for that. Some democrats as well. But, again, coming before the election, this might be too much of a rick for the president to go to congress and ask for that authority. Major speech coming up this week. We should say George has a big show this morning. He'll talk to senator Ted Cruz, a major critic of the president and a potential presidential contender. Later this morning on "This week" right here on ABC.

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