President Obama Defends Executive Authority on Immigration

“There is a very simple solution ... pass a bill I can sign on this issue."

“There is a very simple solution to this perception that somehow I'm exercising too much executive authority: pass a bill I can sign on this issue,” he said at a Sunday news conference at the conclusion of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia.

If Congress does act, Obama said, “Metaphorically, I'll crumple up whatever executive actions that we take and we'll toss them in the wastebasket because we will now have a law that addresses these issues.”

The president said he has received legal advice from his attorney general about the limits of his executive power to act on immigration, but would not comment further.

“I will tell them when I make the announcement,” he told ABC News. “Good try, though.”

“I take [Senate Republican Leader Mitch] McConnell at his word when he says that the government isn’t going to shut down," he said. "There’s no reason for it to shut down. We traveled down that path before. It was bad for the country. It was bad for every elected official in Washington, and at the end of the day, it was resolved in the same way it would have been resolved if we hadn’t shut the government down.”

Is talk of a shutdown affecting the timing of his action on immigration?