President Obama announced Monday he's tired of waiting for Speaker John Boehner to act on immigration reform and that he intends to independently address the issue. Obama's White House announcement came just hours after he requested a funding increase from congress to deal with millions of children illegally crossing the border from South American countries.
"If House Republicans are upset about me taking too many executive actions, there's a solution: pass a bill," Obama said Monday, in reference to the long wait and arguably extreme measures the President has taken to deal with immigration over the last year. He pledged to pursue "a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress." He did not did not indicate what specific action he intends to take at this time.
The President complained about waiting for over a year for the House to act on immigration reform, specifically calling out Boehner. Speaker Boehner has said the House will not vote on an immigration bill this year and announced a lawsuit against the President's use of executive actions last week.
Earlier Monday, the President sent a surprise request to Congress asking for roughly $2 billion to deal with the influx of children attempting to cross the border illegally from South America. While children from Mexico can be deported fairly easily, immigrants who travel from as far as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are much more difficult and expensive.