Obama says he will do whatever he can with executive orders on immigration.
This is as closed to pissed off as I've seen Obama get, and who can blame him? The Do Nothing Congress has done everything but tie him in a chair to prevent any actual progress:
n the face of an unyielding Congress, President Barack Obama said Monday he will no longer wait for Republicans to act on immigration and will move on his own to make policy changes in what has been a top second-term priority of his presidency.
Obama said he will refocus immigration enforcement onto a Mexican border that has seen a tide of children crossing illegally from Central America. That means putting resources into deporting people who are the most recent border-crossers or individuals who pose a threat to public safety and national security.
"I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing," Obama said. "And in this situation, the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it's bad for our economy and it's bad for our future."
Obama said he decided to bypass Congress after House speaker John Boehner informed him last week that the House would not vote on an immigration overhaul this year. A congressional leadership aide said Obama and Boehner spoke privately before an event last week at the white House honoring U.S. golfers who won last year's Presidents Cup,
Obama said there are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration bill today, and says he would sign it.
But Obama said he's waited for more than a year to give Boehner space to act.
Obama said the thousands of unaccompanied children showing up on the border underscore the need to drop the politics and act on immigration.
Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne on the GOP's one trick pony governors.
Not that the truth has much to do with anything these days, but E.J. Dionne nails it: It's a lot easier to keep cutting than it is to come up with real solutions. Of Read more...