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Posted at 8:46 a.m. on June 27, 2014
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.
On immigration, Obama said he told Boehner that if he’s upset about his executive actions, the speaker should try to do something legislatively.
“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.