Well, you probably saw this one coming.
During a Rose Garden speech on Monday, President Obama vowed to take executive action on immigration reform because those pesky Republicans won’t “pass a darn bill.”
“I don’t prefer taking administrative action,” Obama claimed. “I’d rather see permanent fixes to the issues we face. Certainly that’s true on immigration. I’ve made that clear. I would love nothing more than bipartisan legislation to pass the House, the Senate, and land on my desk so I can sign it.”
“I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue and Congress chooses to do nothing,” he continued. “In this situation, the failure of the 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.”
With that in mind, Obama said he would be redirecting resources to the southern border to deal with the influx of illegal border crossings. This year alone, it is expected some 60,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children will cross the border.
This speech followed a confirmation from Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) that the House would not be voting on immigration reform legislation.
Interestingly, Obama’s executive action declaration comes in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court decision that the President had overstepped his authority with some of his appointments. Meanwhile, House Republicans are prepared to take legal actions against prior presidential actions taken without congressional authorization.
On radio this morning, TheBlaze Radio Network’s Doc Thompson and Skip LaCombe filled in for Glenn and attempted to run through some of the President’s speech – though the blatant inaccuracies ensured they couldn’t make it very far.
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