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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (center) speaks to members of the media Saturday, alongside Sens. Mark Udall (left) and Michael Bennet, after touring flood-damaged areas by army helicopter.

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Sens. Mark Udall (left) and Michael Bennet (right) are less likely than other Democratic candidates to benefit from Obama's decision to postpone executive action. Here they're pictured with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (center).

Immigration reform just went from extremely unlikely to impossible - Washington Post A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows 27 percent of Americans strongly oppose "a new path to citizenship for illegal immigrants" — topping the 21 percent who "strongly support" such a path. This is close to the reverse of survey results taken in April 2013. What's changed? From the story: "...the recent controversy over the southern border and Obama's delayed executive action appear to have only made real reform less possible."

NBC/WSJ/Telemundo Poll: Latino Voters More Sour On Country, Obama - NBC News  Pollsters for NBC/WSJ also found that a growing number of Latino voters "think the country is headed in the wrong direction" and are growing disillusioned with Obama — 47 percent approve of his performance, compared to 62 percent in April 2013. Latinos remain the only group in which a majority "favor legislation or executive action to change the current laws and policies."


In immigration news: Fewer migrant deaths, backlash over executive action delay, sanctuary churches, more

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A grave marker for an unidentified migrant. Fewer migrant deaths are being reported north of the U.S.-Mexico border this year, with the number of people known to have died crossing into the U.S. down significantly from a year ago.

Migrant Deaths Decline Along Border - Wall Street Journal Fewer migrant deaths are being reported north of the U.S.-Mexico border, "even as the number of people attempting to sneak into the country has risen amid a surge of Central American migrants." According to the U.S. Border Patrol,  284 people are known to have died crossing the border between last October through August; there were 420 deaths during the same period the previous year.

President Obama’s halt on immigration reform spurs backlash - Southern California Public Radio President Obama's decision to hold off on taking promised action on immigration until after the November elections "comes as a blow for many immigration reform advocates. His executive action is expected to prevent up to 11 million people from being deported."


In immigration news: Executive action delay, fewer Central American migrants, Oregon driver's licenses, more

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An immigration reform supporter rallies in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 27. White House officials announced over the weekend that President Obama will delay taking executive action on immigration until after the midterms, a move that's prompted an angry reaction from immigrant advocates.

Obama Delays Immigration Action, Yielding to Democratic Concerns - New York Times White House officials announced over the weekend that President Obama will delay executive action on immigration, something Obama had at first indicated could happen by the end of the summer. Any action will be delayed now until after the midterm elections, with Obama "bowing to pressure from fellow Democrats who feared that acting now could doom his party’s chances this fall."

Exclusive: Obama Blames Immigration Delay on Political 'Shift' - NBC News In an interview with Meet the Press, President Obama defended his decision to hold off on executive action, tying it to the political climate after a summer during which large numbers of unaccompanied child and teen migrants arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border. From the story: “The truth of the matter is that the politics did shift midsummer because of that problem,” Obama said in the interview.


Activists regroup after Obama postpones immigration action


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President Obama delays action on immigration reform until after the Congressional elections in November, breaking a promise to act by the end of the summer.

Rumors that President Obama would delay executive action on immigration had circulated for days. But when he confirmed immigration activists' fears this weekend (see video below), the barbed reaction was instant. 

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles issued this statement:

This is a shameful moment in American history and a stark reminder that justice delayed is justice denied.

From the National Immigration Law Center:

The president’s decision to delay any action will only allow our dysfunctional immigration system to continue to devastate families, communities, and our economy.

"A lot of us are really angry at the president for lack of courage and lack of leadership and for putting politics over people," said Anthony Ng, an organizer with Asian Americans Advancing Justice. 


In immigration news: Obama promises executive action announcement, some Dems wary of White House move, Lennon's immigration legacy, more

President Obama Makes Statement In The Briefing Room Of White House

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President Barack Obama has indicated that an announcement on immigration is coming soon and that me might take action before the November congressional elections, but details on timing or what to expect are scarce.

Obama: Immigration announcement 'soon' - USA Today Speaking to reporters on Friday, President Obama indicated that "he might take executive action on immigration before the November congressional elections, but made no commitments on timing or specifics." Obama is reportedly weighing action that could spare millions from deportation, as well as business-friendly immigration measures.

Immigration Overhaul Revving Up on Capitol Hill Despite Fewer Crossings - ABC News From the story: "Immigration overhaul is expected to take front-and-center of the domestic debate when Congress returns to Capitol Hill next week. Rumors also abound about exactly when President Obama might take executive action on the issue, while White House press secretary Josh Earnest this week offered no update on the timing."