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Predictably, Obama’s Immigration Delay Backfires

Apparently, first directly lying to a major constituency and then telling them they will be be thrown under the bus for crass political reasons is a bad strategy. From the Washington Post:

Less than a month after President Obama announced he would delay using his executive authority to reform immigration laws, there is evidence that the decision is doing exactly what he hoped to avoid: hurting Democrats.

Activists in key states say it is increasingly difficult to register would-be Latino voters who would vote for Democrats because of unhappiness over the decision. Poll numbers for Obama and Democrats have also dropped farther among Hispanics than the population at large. One group has even launched a campaign against four Democratic senators who backed a GOP proposal to bar Obama from taking any executive action on immigration.

As I said at the time this delay made no sense. The original damage was already done when Obama first announced he was going to do something big on immigration using executive action. Announcing that it will be delayed until after the election is not going to magically win back those voters who opposed it. There is no putting the genie back in the bottle. Yet announcing the delay did make some Latinos feel betrayed. It generates all the damage and none of the rewards.

Making the promise then breaking it is the worst of all possible ways to handle the issue. It manages to make people on both sides who care strongly about immigration unhappy while also making Obama look dishonest to everyone.

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Predictably, Obama’s Immigration Delay Backfires

Apparently, first directly lying to a major constituency and then telling them they will be be thrown under the bus for crass political reasons is a bad strategy. From the Washington Post:

Less than a month after President Obama announced he would delay using his executive authority to reform immigration laws, there is evidence that the decision is doing exactly what he hoped to avoid: hurting Democrats.

Activists in key states say it is increasingly difficult to register would-be Latino voters who would vote for Democrats because of unhappiness over the decision. Poll numbers for Obama and Democrats have also dropped farther among Hispanics than the population at large. One group has even launched a campaign against four Democratic senators who backed a GOP proposal to bar Obama from taking any executive action on immigration.

As I said at the time this delay made no sense. The original damage was already done when Obama first announced he was going to do something big on immigration using executive action. Announcing that it will be delayed until after the election is not going to magically win back those voters who opposed it. There is no putting the genie back in the bottle. Yet announcing the delay did make some Latinos feel betrayed. It generates all the damage and none of the rewards.

Making the promise then breaking it is the worst of all possible ways to handle the issue. It manages to make people on both sides who care strongly about immigration unhappy while also making Obama look dishonest to everyone.

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Jon Walker

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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

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