- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 20, 2014

The White House communications director says President Obama’s forthcoming executive action expected to grant legal status for as many as 5 million illegal immigrants does not “tear up the Constitution” and shouldn’t preclude Democrats and Republicans from working together on other issues.

Jennifer Palmieri said Thursday that Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, asked them to wait six months to give lawmakers time to pass a bill and that it’s now been a year, and “waiting any more is not a cost-free enterprise.”

“At this point, after it’s been two years since we first proposed the bill, a year since the House Republicans started looking at it; there’s just not a credible reason to ask people to wait,” she said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

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Republicans, though, have decried the move as an unconstitutional power grab, with an aide to Mr. Boehner likening Mr. Obama to an emperor and suggesting that executive action will ruin the chances of congressional action on the issue and many others.

“It doesn’t tear up the Constitution, and you will see that it doesn’t,” Ms. Palmieri said.

“House Republicans are likely to try to pass legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act — they may even do that before the State of the Union,” she said. “That doesn’t mean we’re going to refuse to work with them on issues that we agree on and, by the way, a lot of us in Congress, Republicans and Democrats as well as the administration do agree we should act on immigration reform and we’re going to do a small part to take care of the problem now where we can.”

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