White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Friday that President Barack Obama is “determined as ever” to use executive action on immigration.
Earnest was asked about Obama’s timeline for acting on immigration, and whether he plans to use an executive action to force the issue before the midterm elections.
“If you’ll allow me to offer up my own view on this,” Earnest began. “He [Obama] answered the most important part of that question. Which is: is the president still committed to taking action where House Republicans won’t?”
“The president is as determined as ever to make sure that he’s going to use all of the elements of his authority under the confines of the law to try to address some of the problems created by our broken immigration system,” Earnest said.
Obama has continually come under fire for overreaching his authority and excessively using executive action to bypass Congress. (RELATED: Obama Eyes Executive Action On Immigration By Early September)
Earnest then set his sights on Republicans, saying they are to blame for the problems at the southern border. “There’s an easy solution sitting on Capital Hill that’s already passed the Senate with bipartisan support. It has strong bipartisan support all across the country,” Earnest said. “The president is disappointed that Republicans have chosen to pursue that strategy.” (RELATED: The Public Rejects Obama’s Immigration Policies)
“The president is determined to take the kinds of steps available to him to try to address this challenge,” Earnest concluded.