WASHINGTON -- Senior White House officials say President Barack Obama is asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer.
The move is aimed at salvaging any hopes for Congress to act on immigration this year.
Obama in March directed the government to examine whether deportation practices can be made more humane. That emboldened House Republicans to argue that they can't trust Obama to enforce laws and that Obama is undermining prospects for a broader immigration overhaul in Congress.
The White House sees a narrow window this summer for Congress to act before the midterm elections consume Washington. So Obama is directing Homeland Security Jeh Johnson not to release the results of the review until that window closes.