President Obama delivered a statement this afternoon announcing he’s taking executive action on immigration reform after being informed the House won’t act this year. Obama took the opportunity to defend his use of executive actions and take shots at House Republicans for preventing an up-or-down vote on the immigration bill the Senate passed last year.
Obama announced that he’s instructing Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to move resources to the border to bolster security and to identify what the president can do “within my existing legal authorities.”
This announcement comes less than one week after John Boehner announced he’s filing a lawsuit against the president over his use of executive action. Obama defended his use of such actions thusly: “I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing.”
He sent a message to Republicans that if they’re not happy about him taking all these actions, “the best solution to that is passing bills” and not engage in lots of “obstruction.”
Watch the video below, via CNN:
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