WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A senior White House adviser says President Barack Obama will make a decision by the end of the summer on how to use his authority to address immigrants living illegally in the U.S.
Dan Pfeiffer called reports that Obama might delay the deportation of up to 5 million immigrants “uninformed speculation.” He said Obama is waiting for recommendations from Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson before taking action, but any actions would be within “the confines of the law.”
He said Obama has no choice but to act on his own because of Congress’ “failure to fix the immigration system” and to provide extra money to deal with Central American children crossing the U.S-Mexico border.
“Because of Congress’s failure to fix the immigration system and to pass the supplemental appropriations, we need to deal with the specific crisis on the border … the president has no choice but to act,” Pfeiffer said.
Pfeiffer added: Obama “is going to do what he can…under the confines of the law.”
Obama said during a press conference Friday that he’s “going to have to act alone” on the border crisis because the government is running out of money to deal with it.
Pfeiffer spoke Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week.”
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