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Obama Hasn't Decided When to Act on Immigration

President Barack Obama might act in the next few weeks on immigration. Or he might not. He might wait until after the November elections. But politics isn't his top priority.  

At least, that's all according to his spokesman.  

"There is the chance that it could be before the end of the summer. There is the chance that it could be after the summer," said Press Secretary Josh Earnest.  

Earnest was peppered Tuesday with questions about Obama's previous, and possibly inoperative, declaration that he would act without delay on immigration once he received a report from his attorney general and Homeland Security secretary on his legal authority to act at the end of the summer.  

The declared end date of "end of summer" has now become a fudged up timeline, with reports that the White House will delay acting — at least in part — until after the November elections to protect vulnerable Senate Democrats in red states.  

Earnest said that politics wasn't the president's "top priority" — that getting the policy correct was.  

But that increasingly sounds like someone trying to declare that there isn't gambling going on at Rick's.  

   

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