WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s decision to delay his unilateral executive action to overhaul the immigration system until after the November elections.

“Once again, President Obama is playing political games to protect his liberal friends in November by using sleight of hand to temporarily hide his radical agenda from the American people,” Scalise said. “The president needs to abandon his attempt to issue blanket amnesty by executive order, and instead focus on securing the border as the House already did. Border security is a critical national security issue, and President Obama should stop using immigration as a political tool during election time, and instead work in a bipartisan way to solve this problem and secure the border. The decision to delay is a blatant admission that this is not just the wrong policy for the president’s liberal friends, but for the American people.”