Politics & Government

Obama delays self-imposed immigration deadline

President Barack Obama speaks about the killing of journalist James Foley in Syria during a statement in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama speaks about the killing of journalist James Foley in Syria during a statement in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) AP

For awhile now, the White House has insisted that President Barack Obama would issue a series of executive actions on immigration by the end of the summer.

Not anymore.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest declined on Friday to comment on when Obama might act.

“I don't have an update in terms of timing,” Earnest told reporters at his daily briefing.

Questions were raised because Thursday Obama said again he would act, but dropped any reference to the timing.

“We’re just going to be working through as systematically as possible in order to get this done,” Obama said at a news conference. “But have no doubt: In the absence of congressional action, I'm going to do what I can to make sure the system works better.”

Obama said in June that he would act because he was frustrated that a divided Congress had not. He asked Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Secretary Secretary Jeh Johnson to recommend actions that would require lawmakers' approval.

Obama has yet to receive those recommendations, Earnest said Friday.

“The president is as determined as ever to take that kind of action on his own simply because House Republicans have blocked the ability of Congress to try to solve this problem,” he said.

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