The White House has just responded to reports that House Republicans are planning to pass a bill that — in the virtually impossible event that it became law — would restrict President Obama's ability to use executive authority to unilaterally grant legal status to millions of currently illegal immigrants. Here is the statement, in its entirety:
It is extraordinary that the House of Representatives, after failing for more than a year to reform our broken immigration reform system, would vote to restrict a law enforcement tool that the Department of Homeland Security uses to focus resources on key enforcement priorities like public safety and border security, and provide temporary relief from deportation for people who are low priorities for removal. In the face of Congressional inaction, the Administration’s use of Deferred Action for DREAMers in 2012, which has benefited more than 500,000 young people who are Americans in every way except on paper, is the most significant progress we have made toward immigration reform in years. By failing to act on an immigration reform bill that requires that people who are here illegally pay taxes, undergo background checks and get on the right side of the law, the House is instead driving an approach that is about rounding up and deporting 11 million people, separating families, and undermining DHS’ ability to secure the border.