Shikha Dalmia on Whether Obama Should Pursue Executive Action On Immigration


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There is no doubt about it: The rout of the Democratic Party this week has taken the wind out of any impending executive action on immigration that President Obama might have had in mind. He got his ass handed to him by voters and it would seem like insanity to ignore their verdict and unilaterally push something this controversial.

Even Vox's Ezra Klein, no foe of immigration reform, openly ridiculed White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest's reassurance that President Obama would go forward with his executive action, sort of urging him to give it up.

But that would be political suicide for the Democratic Party in 2016, notes Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia.