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September 23, 2014

Obama Dismisses Boehner ‘Stunt,’ Talks Immigration (Updated)

Updated 9:59 a.m. | President Barack Obama dismissed Speaker John A. Boehner’s plan to sue over his executive actions as a “stunt” in a wide-ranging ABC News interview, in which he also told parents in Central America to stop sending their children to the U.S. border.

Obama noted Boehner has not identified a single specific action that they are objecting to.

“I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something while they’re doing nothing,” Obama said.

On immigration, Obama said he told Boehner that if he’s upset about his executive actions, the speaker should try to do something legislatively.

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President Obama and Speaker Boehner attend the annual Friends of Ireland Luncheon the Capitol’s Rayburn Room in March. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“You’re going to squawk if I try to fix some parts of it administratively that are within my authority while you’re not doing anything?” Obama said, directing his comments toward Republicans.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel responded in an email.

“The American people, their elected representatives, and the Supreme Court have all expressed serious concerns about the President’s failure to follow the Constitution. Dismissing them with words like, ‘smidgen’ or ‘stunt’ only reinforces their frustration,” he said.

Obama also told ABC that parents should not send their children across the border.

“Do not send your children to the borders,” Obama said. “If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it.”

That’s the kind of direct message Republicans have been calling on the president to make directly for weeks — and not just via surrogates. While violence in Central America has been cited as a reason for the massive spike in children flooding the border without their parents, Republicans say the president’s policies have also acted as a lure.

Related:

White House: Boehner Wants to Sue Obama for ‘Doing His Job’ 

  • one4All

    Could there be anyone currently holding an Office in our Government that has FAILED more MISERABLY to Execute his Duties and thus Betray the Trust of the American Public than the ‘Great Pumpkin’ – John BOehNER?

    • EWS

      Weakest speaker in history heading the most ineffective caucus in history.

    • left wing

      yes, obama the child trafficker, liar in chief.

  • Soledad77

    “that are within my authority”

    In 2011 at a town hall meeting
    broadcast by Univision, Obama stated, “With respect to the notion
    that I can just suspend deportations through executive order —
    that’s just not the case…Congress passes the laws. The Executive
    branch’s job is to enforce and implement the laws, and then the
    Judiciary has to interpret the laws. There are enough laws on the
    books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to
    enforce our immigration system, that for me to simply through
    executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform
    with my appropriate role as president.”

  • Soledad77

    “Well, the truth of the matter
    is that we have exercised as much administrative discretion as we
    can.” – interview given to Latina Magazine at the White House
    early August 2011
    What in the Constitution has changed since 2011? I don’t hear Obama talking about the separation of powers doctrine anymore. Is this because he has ignored it so many times? Remember when he campaigned about *restoring* the Constitution? Those days are LONG gone.

  • left wing

    more lies from the child trafficker in the wh, he treats the children as he does a used tissue. use them and throw them away.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    With three million unemployed families still without an extension of benefits since late last December, the republicans and democrats have walked away from the issue , leaving these families in financial ruin.

  • Torr Visi

    In this YouTube video we find delusional liar Hussein Obama referring to debt increases as “unpatriotic”: http://youtu.be/DyLmru6no4U?t=5s

  • Bundle Up

    Through the Obama-phone program, the Obama regime is wasting $1.5 billion per year on mobile phones and service for brain-dead democrats.

  • Mark Hammel

    One example of the courage to call out the fundamentally un-serious fiscal nature of the socialist democrat party: http://youtu.be/hx2TyN6Sb6g?t=47s

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    It’s been six months now that the three million unemployed families have been without an unemployment extension. Both political parties have walked away from the issue, leaving behind millions of families in financial ruin, and deep debt. While our government sends billions of dollars to the Ukraine, and even more for the defense of Europe, these millions of families are left to struggle and suffer on their own. Clearly our politicians care more for those around the world, than for the American families struggling here in our own country. Our so called “public servants” only serve” themselves.

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