White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today that President Obama "is determined as ever" to take executive action to deal with the issue of immigration:
"You did hear from the president yesterday, where he reiterated his strong commitment to take action within the scope of his authority to solve or at least address so many of the problems that are created by our broken immigration system," said spokesman Earnest.
"There is legislation that has passed through the Senate as we know that would have addressed so many of these problems in a way that would have had substantial benefits for our economy. Unfortunately, we've seen Republicans in the House engage in a political strategy to block that piece of legislation from even coming up for a vote. The president is disappointed that House Republicans have pursued that political strategy.
"And that's why the president has resolved to use as much authority as he can muster within the confines of the law to try to solve this problem on his own.
"He does that hoping that House Republicans will come to their senses at some point and pass a piece of legislation that would be even more impactful in terms of solving those problems and would supersede any sort of executive action that he might take.
"But the president is determined as ever to takes that kind of action on his own, simply because House Republicans have blocked the ability of Congress to try to solve this problem."