White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Friday that Barack Obama is “still committed” to taking executive action on immigration.
“The president is as determined as ever to make sure that he is going to use all of the elements of his authority, within the confines of the law, to try to address some of the problems that have been created by a broken immigration system,” Earnest said at today’s White House press briefing.
The president will “use as much authority as he can muster within the confines of the law” to help fix America’s immigration problem, Earnest said.
When asked about when Obama was planning to make his move, Earnest changed the subject and shifted the blame to Republicans.
Obama is “hoping,” Earnest said, “House Republicans will come to their senses at some point and pass a piece of legislation that will be even more impactful. The president is determined as ever to take that kind of action on his own simply because House Republicans have blocked the ability of Congress to try and solve this problem.”
If the reports are true, Obama is expected to announce his sweeping executive action on immigration some time after this Labor Day weekend. But it’s a move that even Congressional Democrats are asking Obama to hold off on until after the midterm elections.
“Democratic candidates in nearly every closely fought Senate race have criticized the idea of aggressive action by Obama,” reports Karen Tumulty and Robert Costa of the Washington Post.
And others suspect that Obama is using the threat of amnesty to goad Republicans into forcing another government shutdown–a purely political move that might be beneficial for Obama and Democrats.
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