- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 31, 2014

House Speaker John A. Boehner warned Thursday that President Obama has amassed a “legacy of lawlessness” during his tenure in office, and said that will only deepen if the White House tries to go it alone on immigration.

On Wednesday, the House voted to authorize bringing a lawsuit against Mr. Obama for overstepping his bounds, and the White House responded by saying it not only wasn’t backing down, but would step up its unilateral actions — including by revamping the immigration system to halt deportations.

House Republicans quickly scheduled a vote to try to stop him, and Mr. Boehner said it’s the latest salvo in their battle with Mr. Obama over the extent of his powers.

“The president takes an oath of office in which he gives his word that he will faithfully execute those laws. And if the president takes these actions, he’ll be sealing the deal on his legacy of lawlessness,” Mr. Boehner said. “He’ll be violating the solemn oath he made to the American people on the day of his inauguration. And he’ll be sacrificing the integrity of our laws on the altar of political opportunism. And I can guarantee you, the American people will hold him accountable.”

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