President Obama's decision to delay an executive action on immigration until after the November election was met with disappointment from top Democrats on Sunday morning.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the highest-ranking Latino lawmaker in Congress and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the president shouldn't wait.
“I’m deeply disappointed that the president hasn't acted where House Republicans have failed to act," Menendez said on "Fox News Sunday."
Rep. Luis Gutierrrez (D-Ill.) said on ABC's "This Week" that politics were clearly behind the decision.
"It's clear that playing it safe is what is going on at the White House and among Democratic circles, and playing it safe means walking away from our values and our principles," Gutierrrez said. "They looked at polling in four or five states where there aren't large Latino constituencies without thinking about the impact that that policy might have in Illinois, in California, in Colorado. And so they walked away."
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), meanwhile, said she would still prefer that the situation be addressed by Congress, fearing that whatever Obama does will be a source of controversy.
"I’m of the opinion that the way this should be done is legislatively, because anything else will be challenged and probably will not be nearly the bill that is needed to actually solve the problems," Feinstein said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Appearing on the same program, Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.), a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said Latinos are "frustrated" with Obama.
"We all are frustrated with him right now, because he's taken way too long to take his executive actions," Cardenas said, adding: "The bottom line is, of course there's some politics going on. I don't like what the president's advisers may be telling him."
But Cardenas added that Congress forced Obama to act by not passing a full reform package. He said that while Latinos are frustrated with Obama, they are "pissed off" at Republicans.
"We shouldn't be too upset with the person who's having to pick up after the other person and do their job as well," Cardenas said.