David Jackson --- USA Today
President Obama reassured supporters Thursday that he will issue new orders on immigration within the next three months.
"It will be taking place between the November elections and the end of the year," Obama said during a gala for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
With an immigration bill blocked in the Republican-run House, Obama is reportedly considering a series of orders that would grant status to many of the 11.5 million people who are in country illegally.
Obama and aides said they are delaying executive orders on immigration until after the Nov. 4 congressional elections because immigration has become such a volatile political issue.
Republicans say the president's plan amounts to amnesty for lawbreakers and that he is afraid to tell voters what he wants to do.
"The president's promise isn't about making the best policy or enforcing the law — it's an admission that his pledge to not uphold the law in the future would be bad for his party now," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. "The president is required to take care that the laws are faithfully executed, not — as he has admitted — make them up as he sees fit."
Immigration advocates, meanwhile, have criticized Obama for not moving quickly enough on the issue and attacked him for a record level of deportations.
Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, said that Obama "has unnecessarily destroyed immigrant workers' families and repeatedly delayed use of his existing legal authority, all in pursuit of a failed legislative strategy."
The Democratic-run Senate passed an immigration bill last year that includes a pathway to citizenship for those who are in the country illegally. The Republican House has not taken up the measure.