Press secretary Josh Earnest says President Obama is waiting on a review from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder on what options he has to mitigate problems caused by the current immigration system.
"The President expects to carefully consider their review and act on it relatively quickly," Earnest said to reporters at Monday's press briefing.
Earnest says he expects action from Obama by the end of summer but wouldn't give any more specifics.
Obama recently asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to deal with the border crisis. The House did pass a bill — worth a fraction of what Obama was asking for at $694 million, but the Senate left for their August recess without taking up the issue.
"It adds even more conviction to the President's view that if Congress is not going to take steps to address these problems, then he is going to consider whatever steps he can take, within the confines of the law, to address this problem on his own," Earnest explained. "And if Congress decides to return from their August recess after Labor Day and take action to address some of these challenges, that everyone acknowledges exist, then we would welcome that action."
Experts say the newly passed House bill is unlikely to pass the Senate.