President Obama will act on his own using his executive authority to enact immigration reform, according to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest during the press briefing today.
“The answer is yes, the president is going to take action,” Earnest said, when questioned about Obama’s motives on executive action in spite of warnings from Republicans that it would “poison the well” in negotiations with Congress.
Earnest insisted that action on immigration reform would be good for the country, good for the economy, good for border security, good for immigrants, and good for business.
The message of the election, Earnest explained, was that Americans were frustrated with the federal government for not generating results in Washington D.C.
“One way that the president can generate results for the American people is to take this kind of common sense substantive action that would be good for the economy, will be good for the deficit, will be good for strengthening our border, and will be good for dealing with the millions of immigrants to this country that are currently in the shadows,” he said.