WH 'Not Anticipating a Major Announcement on Immigration' in Next Few Days

August 14, 2014 - 7:08 AM

Obama Vacation

President Barack Obama, right, smiles as he gives a pat on the arm to Cyrus Walker, left, cousin of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club, in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(CNSNews.com) - President Obama is interrupting his vacation to return to the White House this weekend, but according to his spokesman, "We don't anticipate any major significant news developments out of Washington those few days."

"I can assure you there -- we are not anticipating a major announcement on immigration when the president is in Washington this weekend," Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters on Wednesday. He said that announcement is still expected at "the end of summer."

"AS you know, in June I believe, the president spoke in the Rose Garden, asking his team, specifically the secretary of homeland security and the attorney general, to look at what he can do, given that House Republicans failed to bring up the...bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate.

"He asked his team to take a look, and they're going to report back in to him, and then we put that timeline as end of summer. I think that still holds."

Obama is coming back to Washington on Sunday for previously scheduled meetings at the White House: "I don't have too much more detail about that," Schultz said. "We'll have more as the time comes. I will say that the president will be meeting with Vice President Biden while he's back in Washington."

Schultz said the president's daughter Malia will travel to Washington with him, and so will some of the aides who accompanied him to Martha's Vineyard.

Schultz also told reporters that Obama is enjoying his "working vacation."

"As you've seen, the president remains engaged, getting briefs, speaking with foreign leaders, updating you all on ongoing situations. But I also can say the president is very much enjoying some downtime with his family.

As you know, they've dined out at some of Martha's Vineyard's wonderful establishments. They've also had a few meals in. The president attended a fund-raiser Monday evening to help keep the Democratic majority in the United States Senate and as you know, he'll be attending a social gathering this evening (Wednesday).

You may have noticed the president has already enjoyed a few rounds of golf and I suspect you could see more of that to come.