House Speaker John Boehner put out a statement today in reaction to President Obama‘s planned executive action on immigration. And not only does he lament how Obama “won’t work with us,” but he says, “The president’s own executive orders have led directly to the humanitarian crisis along the Southern border.”
In the statement, Boehner emphasizes how little people (including members of Congress) trust Obama to follow the letter of the law and declares that taking more executive action on this issue “isn’t going to stem the tide of illegal crossings, it’s only going to make them worse.”
President Obama delivered a statement this afternoon announcing he is taking executive action on immigration reform after being informed the House will not act this year. Obama took the opportunity to defend his use of executive actions and take shots at House Republicans for preventing an up-or-down vote on the immigration bill the Senate passed last year.
Obama announced that he is instructing Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to move resources to the border to bolster security and to identify what the president can do “within my existing legal authorities.”
Now herein lies a fundamentally horrid principle: First, we have all got to ask ourselves, our elected officials, and definitely the POTUS – who is he desirable to bolster security for the residents of the United States or for the tens of thousands of illegal unaccompanied minors who have stormed the border?
Secondly we need to ask our Representatives, why Obama would want to know if he has any additional legal authorities.
This announcement comes less than one week after John Boehner announced he is filing a lawsuit against the president over his use of executive action. Obama defended his use of such actions thusly: “I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing.”**
He sent a message to Republicans that if they are not happy about him taking all these actions, “the best solution to that is passing bills” and not engage in lots of “obstruction.”**
** Both of these statements made by President Obama are simply not true at all. The measuring device is when he elects to take executive action when we have a serious problem; moreover, in his words, “the best solution is passing bills…”
The House of Representatives has not been presented with anything remotely close to even consider putting the bills they have been presented with to a vote. And from our perspective the House is not involved in anything remotely considered as “obstruction” as the president alleges.