Speaking from the Rose Garden at the White House, President Obama on Monday promised to sign an unconstitutional executive action “to fix our broken immigration system.”
He blamed Republicans for the situation along the border and said they have acted to prevent an amnesty bill from clearing congressional hurdles.
Obama’s remarks address Republican Speaker John Boehner’s promise not to address the immigration issue this year.
“While I will continue to push Republicans to drop excuses and act,” Obama said, “Americans cannot wait forever for them to act.”
The president’s promise to go around Congress and the American people and legalize millions of illegal immigrants in the United States comes less than a week after he received a rebuke from the Supreme Court.
On Thursday the highest court ruled Obama violated the Constitution when he skirted the Senate and made recess appointments in 2012.