President Barack Obama on Sunday shrugged off the wave of criticism that he has been receiving over his executive actions on reforming the country’s broken immigration policy and challenged the House of Representatives Republicans saying “if you don’t like it, do something”.
Obama made the remarks while responding to a question during a television interview over the accusation made by House Speaker John Boehner that the president was misusing his executive powers in tackling the immigration problem and behaving like an emperor.
“Well, my response is pass a bill. Congress has a responsibility to deal with these issues and there are some things that I can’t do on my own,” Obama said during an interview with ABC’s “This Week”, which was aired on Sunday.
Obama’s actions were mainly meant at protecting the millions of undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation.
As per the ABC interview transcript, the president has asked Boehner to bring the bill before House or work with the Democrats in crafting a new bill addressing concerns of both.
Boehner has, however, not provided any indication over his action on the immigration this year.
From January when the new Congress would meet, the Republicans will be dominating as they have seized control of the Senate from the Democrats by increasing their hold on the House of Representatives in the midterm elections on November 4.
Republican Senator Jeff Flake, a backer of the Senate bill, said that even if Obama’s actions were not unconstitutional but they would definitely make it tougher for Republicans as well as Democrats to arrive at an agreement on immigration reform.
“It’s not that he did something that we wouldn’t have done otherwise – it’s the way he went about it,” Flake had said while clarifying his stand during NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Obama had on Thursday announced his executive plans to tackle the longstanding issue of immigration in the country and provide protection to the 11 million immigrants living without documents.
Under the proposed reforms, around 4.4 million people living in America will be allowed to remain in the country temporarily and that too with the right to work.
This will benefit those people who are parents of the US citizens and legal permanent residents and also living in the country for five years.