According to Press Secretary Josh Earnest, the Obama administration has grown impatient with Congress and intends to move forward with its agenda.
“We’re not just going to sit around and wait interminably for Congress,” he explained. “We’ve been waiting a year already. The president has tasked his Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson with reviewing what options are available to the president, what is at his disposal using his executive authority to try to address some of the problems that have been created by our broken immigration system.”
Perhaps sensing that he’s said too much, Earnest added that while Obama is exploring executive action, such action was “not a substitute for robust Congressional action” on immigration reform.
“That’s why we’re trying to focus on getting that done,” he concluded.
On June 25, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who despite being in Congress has no problem with the president usurping legislative powers, issued a similar warning to Republicans regarding immigration reform. Hoyer stated that the Obama administration is prepared to make “significant” changes in immigration policy if Republicans do not act before August.
"We ought to make it very clear that if we don't act, then there's going to be a significant change in policy by the administration. We're urging that. We've discussed it with the administration," Hoyer said during a press briefing in his office.
"Our position is that ... now's the time to address the comprehensive immigration reform bill," he added. "And we expect, by the end of the month — July ... that if we don't take action, the president will take action."
Hoyer’s remarks came just hours before House Speaker John Boehner announced that the House will be pursuing a lawsuit against Obama for his abuses of executive powers.
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