Posted September 6, 2014

Upholding the time-honored maxim that indecision is the key to flexibility, President Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November elections.

The apparent political calculation bears enormous risk.  If the GOP wins the Senate, any such action would likely be scaled back to reflect shifting American sentiment on illegal immigration, lest the president feel that a looming lame duck stature would free his hand to cement a legacy through executive action that precedes narrower reform legislation.  If the Democrats retain control of the Senate, presumably comprehensive reform legislation would be back on the table, the House would continue to oppose, and the president can do as he pleases through executive action while blaming inaction on House Republicans.

Confused? Lo siento.  Law, as I say, is politics.

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