Frustrated waiting for Congress to act on immigration reform, newly-minted White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that President Barack Obama is seeking ways to use his executive authority to directly stem a recent influx of illegal immigrants streaming into the U.S.
Speaking with MSNBC Thursday, Earnest said the Obama administration is “not just going to sit around and wait interminably for Congress.”
“It’s fair to say the White House and the president have been pretty disappointed,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told MSNBC. “We’re not just going to just sit around and wait interminably for Congress.”
“We’ve been waiting a year already,” continued Earnest. “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.”
Or, as reported in The Hill:
Democrats: No bluff, Obama will go it alone on immigration
“We’re at the end of the line,” Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Thursday during a press briefing in the Capitol. "We’re not bluffing by setting a legislative deadline for them to act.
“Their first job is to govern,” Menendez added, “and in the absence of governing, then you see executive actions.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) piled on. Noting that a year has passed since the Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill with broad bipartisan support, he urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to bring a similar bill to the floor.
“I don’t know how much more time he thinks he needs, but I hope that Speaker Boehner will speak up today,” Durbin said. "And if he does not, the president will borrow the power that is needed to solve the problems of immigration."
All he has to do is to direct Jeh Johnson to have USCIS grant immediate naturalization (citizenship) to all aliens in the US.
Who cares if it’s unconstitutional? Obama doesn’t like the Constitution anyway – having called it a “charter of negative liberties” (his words…click on the link to hear them for yourself)
Who cares if it’s illegal? After all, are they going to take naturalized citizenship away from them once its been granted – legitimately or not? As one of his Democrat predecessors once reportedly said, “John -]Marshall/-] Roberts has made his decision; now let him enforce it!”
Obama has a pen and a phone…and he’s not afraid to use it. Who will stop him? :doh2::banghead::banghead: