President Barack Obama announced in a press conference on Monday that he would be using executive authority in relation to the immigration crisis. This announcement comes on the heels of a nearly yearlong immigration debate that has seen a comprehensive reform bill pass through the Senate and stall in the GOP-led House of Representatives. President Obama was allegedly informed last week by John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House, that the GOP majority within the House has every intention of continuing to delay a vote on the reform bill.
This decision has already brought a fair amount of criticism onto the commander in chief. Up until this point he had been receiving pressure from both sides of the political aisle; Democratic advocates have leaned on him to use his executive authority while Republicans have insisted he isn’t doing enough to secure U.S. borders. Though Obama’s politics are closer to the left, he held off on using his executive authority for a considerable period during which he urged the House to take action.
Though the president’s use of executive authority can be viewed as a victory for Democrats, it’s likely to cause some degree of dissatisfaction to people on both sides of the immigration debate. Analysts predict that taking this action will undo whatever slim chance existed for congressional agreement regarding immigration reform while Obama is still in office.
Although individuals on both sides of the political spectrum are likely to be somewhat displeased, it seems that this was the last option the President was left with as the immigration scenario has grown more and more severe. During his announcement on Monday, Obama reiterated his disappointment in the House of Representatives’ inability to reach a vote on the issue.
“The failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, is bad for our economy, is bad for our future,” Obama said during his press conference, which took place in the White House Rose Garden.