I think this new Washington Post/ABC News poll does a good job of making the point of why President Obama’s immigration strategy makes no sense to me.

It found only 31 percent of Americans approve of the way he has handled the issue of immigration while 59 percent disapprove. Even a narrow plurality of Hispanics disapprove of his handling.

On the other hand the poll found 52 percent of Americans think Obama should use executive orders to address immigration issues if Congress doesn’t adopt legislation. Only 44 percent oppose Obama taking executive action on immigration.

For political reasons Obama delayed his promised executive actions on immigration — even though this executive orders seems to be more popular than his current complete lack of leadership

In an attempt to find compromise Obama has instead adopted an immigration strategy that makes no one happy. He already upset people on the right with some of his positions and by initially saying he would take executive action. Yet by breaking his promise to take executive action by the end of the summer he also managed to anger people on the left without winning over any conservatives. Even people who don’t care that much about the issue are still left with the impression Obama is cynical and dishonest.

It is impressive to see a politician adopt the strategy of first taking the political hit by announcing a controversial plan, and then getting none of the rewards by also lying to your supporters.

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com