President Obama is preparing to do “an awful lot” on immigration when he issues an executive order later this year, Vice President Joseph R. Biden told supporters Monday night.
Speaking at a Hispanic Heritage Month event, Mr. Biden told the audience that he understands their frustrations with the administration’s delayed action.
“I know you’re all waiting and you’re frustrated,” Mr. Biden said. “The president’s going to do it, and he’s going to do an awful lot.”
The president has backtracked on a promise to take executive action on immigration by the end of summer, saying he didn’t want the issue to become embroiled in the November mid-term elections. He now says he will issue an executive order after the election because Congress has failed to address the immigration system’s problems.
Mr. Biden predicted that Republicans “may just see the Lord” in the lame-duck session of Congress after the president acts. His comments also suggested that Mr. Obama might wait to allow the GOP to digest the election results before taking unilateral action.
“Watch when this election is over, watch what happens when all of a sudden our friends in the other team realise their prospects for future electoral success hinge upon acting rationally,” the vice president said. “They will either act rationally, or we will act for them. And if we have to act for them, they will not be around a whole lot longer to act in large numbers.”
He added, “When this election [is] over in the lame duck session, they just may see the Lord. It is possible. But if they don’t, they will see some lightning.”
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