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Obama to Delay Immigration Action Until After November Elections

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NBC News - President Barack Obama will wait until after the November midterm elections to announce any action on immigration reform, but pledged to move on the contentious issue before the end of the year, according to a White House official. 

The announcement Saturday reverses a statement Obama made in June when he ordered his team to suggest executive actions he could take to stem deportations by the end of the summer.

Obama believes establishing comprehensive immigration reform in the middle of an election season would be "harmful" to the effort of creating a sustainable policy "because of the Republicans' extreme politicization of this issue," the official said.

Obama urged Congress to act on immigration reform but made clear that he would use his executive action to change the "broken" system before 2015 if Washington lawmakers don't act. The official said that the crisis on the border has been waning and that the number of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border in August was at its lowest since February 2013. The official said that the improvement came "without any help from Republicans in Congress."

The policy delay was slammed by some immigration reform advocates who called it Obama's "latest broken promise" and "another slap to the face of the Latino and immigrant community."

Obama is expected to discuss immigration reform, among other topics, with Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.

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