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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Activists are frustrated as President Obama abandons his pledge to act on immigration by the end of summer. 

President Obama announced Saturday that he won't take any executive actions on immigration until after the midterm election this November.

A local businessman, who is holding a fundraiser to support Central American refugees, says the delay is not good news.

Mark Lane is a father to three children of his own in between overseeing Poppa's Fresh Fish Company in Logan Heights.

But it's his life away from work that's thrust him into the immigration issue.

After watching protesters turn away a bus filled with undocumented families in July, Lane decided to take in a refugee family of five from Guatemala.

"We're a family of five and they're a family of five so we have a lot of people in the house. I went from feeding one teenage boy to feeding four teenage boys -- so we're going through a lot of groceries," Lane said. 

And he's shaking a lot of hands of people who have supported his restaurant after Lane started getting death threats online for housing the refugee family.

“If they're taking that much energy to go against us then we must be doing something right,” he said. 

On Saturday, Aztec dancers performed in front of Lane's restaurant as part of a rally and fundraiser for the refugee families awaiting immigration hearings in the United States.

The event comes as reports claim President Obama will delay any executive action on immigration until after the November midterm elections.

For Mark Lane, that's not what he was hoping to hear.

"It's frustrating. It's disappointing and we shouldn't have to be taking care of this issue for the government -- that's what we elected them for," Lane said.  

Activist Enrique Morones says he's been in contact with the White House to discuss immigration policy and he was let down by the president's decision.

"I understand why he did it. But I believe President Obama should have taken action on this issue long ago," Morones said. 

Morones helped put together the Saturday event that attracted dozens of supporters.

He says the pro-immigration community will be demanding action by the end of the year.

"What I'm saying directly to President Obama is - right after those elections - we want him to act and act big," Morones said. 

For Mark Lane, he's housed a refugee family for seven weeks now.

"The border needs to be fixed up, the immigration policy needs to be fixed up, and it seems like they're just passing the buck," Lane said. 

He says he's doing all he can do and he wishes the US government would do the same. President Obama had originally vowed to take action on immigration reform by the end of summer.

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