WH: Obama 'Looking Forward' to Taking Executive Action on Immigration

November 11, 2014

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told Fusion's Jorge Ramos that President Obama was "looking forward" to implementing immigration reform through executive action during an interview Tuesday.

Ramos asked Earnest how Americans could be assured that there would be "no more delays" in taking executive action on immigration.

"The president made a promise in the Fall that if Congress didn't act that the president himself would take executive action to try to solve the problems of our broken immigration system before the end of the year," Earnest said. "The president is disappointed that this legislative solution won't be achieved, but the president is looking forward to taking executive action on his own to solve as many of these problems as he can."

Earnest has all but confirmed that Obama has no intention to reach a legislative solution with the incoming Republican Congress, preferring to blame House Republicans for the absence of legislation.

"We're very disappointed that House Republicans have blocked a commonsense proposal that passed in bipartisan fashion through the Senate that would be really good for the economy," Earnest said. "It would also provide a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are living in the shadows here."