"We, as California advocates, continue to urge the president to move on executive action and end unjust deportations that have caused the separation of families, as quickly as possible," said Reshma Shamasunder, director of the California Immigrant Policy Center. “Given the stalling we've seen in Congress for so many years, we hope he is bold in his action and covers as many people as possible.”
The president has vowed action by the end of the year, and leaks from the administration suggest he could unveil a plan by the end of next week or soon after that. Obama first promised to act this summer when it became clear that the House would not pass a Senate immigration overhaul bill. He then held off until after the midterm elections, in deference to Democrats in close House and Senate races who feared that an executive move on immigration could hurt them with middle-of-the road voters.
Meanwhile, an election-eve poll found that Latino voters prefer Democrats but are growing frustrated with them over a lack of action on immigration. Latinos overwhelmingly support immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Though the administration has not yet revealed details of the plan, Republicans in Congress are voicing fierce opposition.