House Speaker John Boehner says Congress will fight the President "tooth and nail" over immigration.
President Obama said he will take action on immigration before the end of the year.
By: Chandler Bouzek
A senior White House official said on Friday that an executive order on illegal immigration could come as soon as this week, but it will not happen while the President is overseas.
President Barack Obama announced on Friday that he will take action to grant temporary legal status to as many as five million illegal immigrants.
"I indicated to (House) Speaker (John) Boehner several months ago that if, in fact, Congress failed to act, I would use all the lawful authority that I possess to try to make the system work better, and that's going to happen," said the President.
He was responding to Republican House Speaker John Boehner's speech on immigration Thursday.
"You know the president is threatening to take unilateral action on immigration, even though in the past he's made clear he didn't have the Constitutional responsibility to authority to do that," said Boehner.
If President Obama decides to take executive action on the issue, it will allow close to five million illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S.. Those who will be put on track to become citizens will be the parents of children born in the U.S. and illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
Despite GOP opposition to his plans, President Obama says he can still set the agenda for his last two years in office. The president is expected to return to the U.S. sometime this week. He is currently in Australia.