Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart interviewed President Obama in the Blue Room at the White House today, asking the Commander-in-Chief about background checks, the Assad regime, and U.S. involvement in Syria, before moving to the topic of immigration.
Diaz-Balart asked the President, “Is immigration reform 2013 dead?” Obama’s answer was, “It shouldn’t be – the only thing that’s holding it back is John Boehner calling it to the floor.”
When the President was asked whether he could stop deportations while Congress debates immigration reform legislation, Obama told Diaz-Balart, “I do get a little worried that advocates of immigration reform start losing heart and immediately think ‘Well– yeah, somehow there’s an out here, if Congress doesn’t act. We’ll just have the president sign something and that’ll take care of it and we won’t have to worry about it,’” Obama said.
The President added, “If we start broadening that, then essentially, I would be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally.”
The President stressed Congress’s role in passing gun control and immigration legislation while also holding House Speaker John Boehner accountable, asking Diaz-Balart, “What’s stopping him from going ahead and calling that [Senate] bill [to the House floor]?”