It took a while, but Congress and the media finally convinced President Obama that immigration reform is dead. On Monday, Obama said he's done waiting for Congress and expects recommendations for executive orders from the Homeland Security Secretary and Attorney General by the end of the summer. He also requested additional funds from Congress to handle the "humanitarian crisis" at the border by providing additional immigration lawyers, judges, asylum officers and to expand the Department of Homeland Security's ability to deport minors.
But while this is the moment activists, Congress and the president have been anticipating, it's a solution no one really wanted. Everyone seems to be hurt by it as much as they benefit.
Obama's midterm year strategy: "Winning" might be pushing it, but activists have been calling on the president to act on immigration for months now. While most solutions will involve legislative fixes, this is better than doing nothing.
Immigration advocates: Executive action isn't as powerful as a bill, but past orders — like the 2012 decision to defer the deportations of individuals brought to the U.S. illegally as children — have made a difference. Advocates have been pushing the president to stop waiting for Congress for months.